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Volume: 106 No.53



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Education chiefs
investigate allegations
of teenage prostitution
and suicide attempts

Tribune Staff Reporter
EDUCATION chiefs are
investigating allegations of a
large sex abuse scandal
involving school children in
After charges were brought
against two men in the space
of four months last year in
connection with the alleged
abuse of two separate groups
of 17 children in the area -
eight girls and nine boys -
additional probes by officials
have uncovered further wide-
spread allegations of sexual
abuse of children by adults
within the local community,
it was claimed.
Among these, The Tribune
has learned that five girls in
Eleuthera were evaluated by
officials after it was alleged
that they were involved in a
teenage prostitution ring and
there are fears that incest may

also be a major problem.
As it implemented an
action plan to begin to deal
with the emerging crisis
throughout the second half of
last year, the Ministry of Edu-
cation was forced into even
higher gear towards the end
of 2009 and into 2010 follow-
ing an explosion in suicide
attempts by boys and girls
attending Eleuthera schools.
According to Minister of
Education Desmond Bannis-
ter, to date there have been
nine such attempts since Sep-
tember of last year, with three
in this month alone.
Compounding the serious-
ness of the situation, The Tri-
bune understands that numer-
ous allegations of "intimida-
tion" and "interference" with
and of children on the island
who may have spoken out
about abuse are also a major
focus of the Ministry and the
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Government minister
receives death threat
POLICE were put on alert yester-
day after Charles Maynard, the Min-
ister of Youth, Sports, and Culture,
received a death threat at his office.
According to sources within the
police force, the minister received a
letter shortly after 2pm that was
allegedly written by someone or a
group claiming to be "the brothers."
In the letter, the culprits described
how the Minister and his wife will
be attacked before they put a gun to
his head and kill him.
The police were notified and a number of people at
SEE page 11

THE 'HELP US HELP HAITI' TELETHON in full swing last night at the British Colonial Hilton. The two-day event, which is raising money
for earthquake victims in Haiti, was broadcast live on several TV channels. It continues tonight.

Govt to start Philip Davis' former campaign general Police tackle
'swine flu' plans to challenge him in next election car robberies
vaccination By PAUL G Ithat "God willing" he in Cable Beach

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government is set to
commence a national vacci-
nation programme for the
H1N1 "swine flu" virus -
aiming first at protecting
those who would be most at
risk should they contract it.
Having received an initial
batch of 30,000 vaccines,
purchased through the Pan
SEE page 11

Tribune Staff

A FORMER cam- '.
paign general for the
Progressive Liberal
Party's deputy leader
Philip "Brave" Davis
has announced his
intention to challenge
the MP in the next General
Election, claiming the area
has suffered far too long
without "good and qualified
Ezra Kelson Russell said

will be the next Mem-
ber of Parliament for
Cat Island, Rum Cay,
i and San Salvador
because he is the "man
) with the plan."
In his former capac-
ity as the chairman of
Mr Davis' election
campaign in 2007, Mr
Russell said he has no
time to "bad mouth"
either the PLP or the
FNM as his intention to run
has nothing to do with "bad
blood" or any grudge with the
area's current MP.
"I am coming with a mis-
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Western Division
police command is taking a
proactive approach in 2010
to prevent car robberies in
the Cable Beach area.
Superintendent Elaine
Sands, Commander of the
Western Division, said the
public should be vigilant
when travelling at night.
The police have detected
a trend, based on a number
of robberies in 2009. While
SEE page five

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ABACO RESIDENTS hear what should be done to protect communities
the environment from emissions.


Toxic substance experts answer

and Wilson City power plant questions

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Tribune Staff Reporter

ABACO residents con-
cerned about the environmen-
tal impact of the Wilson City
power plant had their questions
answered by the experts at a
public meeting organized by
local activist group Abaco
American scientists special-
ising in the control of toxic sub-
stances such as the heavy oil
fuel Bunker C destined to be
burned at the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation's 48
megawatt power plant from
June this year explained what
should be done to protect com-
munities and the environment
from emissions.
And director of technology
and special projects at The
Cape Eleuthera Institute Gra-
ham Siener explained how
alternatives to fossil fuels can
be used in the Bahamas as the
institute's Island School has run
on 100 per cent renewable
energy sourced from solar pan-
els and wind turbines for the
last 10 years, and distributes
energy to the national grid.
Overwhelming public inter-
est in the power plant was
shown at a government meeting
about the Wilson City project
attended by around 1,000 Aba-
conians in September.
But conflicting information
fed to residents left many still
searching for answers about the
potential harm posed by
Bunker C and what should be
done to protect Abaco's fragile
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mangrove creeks linked by one
of the most dense networks of
blue holes in the country's 700
islands, second only to the blue
hole systems in Andros.
Scientists studying the East
Abaco blue holes have report-
ed how the BEC road to the
plant has filled in at least two,
and perhaps as many as 12, in
construction of the new power
plant road.
And blue hole expert Brian
Kakuk, founder and director of
the Bahamas Caves Research
Foundation who has done over
2,000 blue hole dives, explained
how the blue holes are intrinsi-
cally linked and activity in one
is very likely to impact others.
In East Abaco the creek sys-
tems and blue holes in The
Bight of Old Robinson, Chero-
kee Sound and Snake Cay,
three areas surrounding Wilson
City, are all connected by this
network and the Bahamas
National Trust and Abaco envi-
ronmental education organisa-
tion Friends of the Environ-
ment is seeking to protect all
three as part of an East Abaco
Creeks National Park.

A proposal has been com-
piled with public support gath-
ered at a series of meetings
over the last two years in which
residents called for the areas to
be protected in response to
pressure from developers.
Friends executive director
Kristin Williams explained how
all three areas are of equal eco-
logical value and scientific inter-
est and are all critically impor-
tant for the survival of com-
mercial and recreational fish-
ing. Mrs Williams said: "Even
though the power plant is going
there, these areas are really
important habitats and need to
be protected.
"The Bight of Old Robinson
has the highest density of blue
holes second to Andros and
could be the most important
nursery for juvenile Nassau
grouper and spiny lobster on
the entire island of Abaco.
"The biggest threat is large-
scale development, so by pro-
tecting it, by leaving the area

as it is and allowing people to
use it as they do, the juvenile
habitat will be protected, and
that's the purpose of the pro-
Mrs Williams was one of sev-
en speakers who gave presen-
tations to around 150 Abaco
residents attending the meet-
ing on Thursday.
The concerned Abaconians
were shocked to learn from US
infrastructure engineering and
environmental services firm
NTH Consultants that proper
regulation of Bunker C emis-
sions would cost more than
using more expensive diesel
And they were told many of
the systems that should be put
in place to protect human and
environmental health are not
being installed at Wilson City.
Katie Feeney from the Clean
Air Council explained how par-
ticles from Bunker C are
inhaled and harm the lungs in
ways that diesel emissions do
not. NTH Consultants repre-
sentatives also pointed out how
the Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) on the site
made no mention of the threat
to endangered migratory birds,
and specifically the Kirtlands
Warbler migrating from Michi-
gan to the Bahamas every year.
Mrs Williams said: "The rea-
son why they held the meeting
was so residents could stay edu-
cated about what is happening
from the experts, independent-
ly from what the government
tells us, so we are all aware of
what is happening and what the
potential dangers are."
Responsible Development
for Abaco (RDA) sought an
injunction to stop development
of the power plant but was
denied by the Supreme Court,
however the group represented
by Fred Smith, QC, did receive
permission to launch Judicial
Review proceedings in a bid to
prevent the plant's construc-
Minister for the Environ-
ment Earl Deveaux maintains
that the modern power plant
being built by MAN Diesel is
not limited to use of Bunker C
and will be able to burn cleaner
fuel in the future.

Haitians on sloop land in the

Coral Harbour area - reports
A GROUP of Haitians onboard a sloop landed in the Coral Har-
bour area last evening, according to reports reaching The Tri-
bune news desk.
Immigration, Defence Force and police officers were said to be
combing the area last night in search of the Haitians who were
reportedly onboard the sloop.
When contacted last night, Immigration Director Jack Thomp-
son said that initial reports he had received suggested that six
immigrants had been caught, but he could not confirm how many
may have been onboard the sloop.
"The information we received suggests that there was in fact a
landing. A number of Immigration, Defence Force and police
officers are still looking in the Coral Harbour area," Mr Thompson
said last night.

Man jailed for possessing firearm, ammunition

A 32-year-old man, who
was charged with possession
of a firearm and ammunition
back in 2007, was sentenced
to two years in prison on
Monday after pleading guilty
to the offences.
Basil Clarke pleaded guilty
yesterday to possession of an
unlicensed .357 magnum and
five .357 bullets. Clarke, who
appeared before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel in Court 8,
Bank Lane yesterday, plead-
ed not guilty to the charges
and was sentenced to two
years in prison on each count.
The sentences are to run con-
According to police, the

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firearm and ammunition were
found on Tuesday, October
2, 2007, in an apartment off
Blue Hill Road where Clarke

IN two articles which
appeared in The Tribune
on Monday, Clint Kemp
was incorrectly referred to
as Craig Kemp.
The Tribune apologises
for any inconvenience this
error may have caused.






Man gets
four years for

drug charge
A MAN was sentenced to
four years in prison on Mon-
day after pleading guilty to a
drug charge stemming from
the seizure of more than a
$1 million worth of marijua-
Mark Johnson, 43, of
Ocean View Drive pleaded
guilty to the charge of pos-
session of marijuana with
the intent to supply to
Police reportedly seized
more than $1 million worth
of suspected marijuana from
a home in Westridge Estates
last Friday. They recovered
18 bales of suspected mari-
juana weighing 930 lbs. The
estimated street value for
the drugs is $1,116,000.
Johnson, who appeared
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel in Court 8, Bank
Lane yesterday, pleaded
guilty to the charge. He was
sentenced to four years in
prison and fined $10,000.
Failure to pay the fine will
result in an additional year
in jail.
Quintessa Rolle of
Franklyn Avenue, who is
also facing the marijuana
possession charge, was
granted $40,000 bail after
pleading not guilty. A 17-
year-old boy of Fox Hill,
who is also charged with the
offence, was granted $25,000
bail after entering a not
guilty plea. Leonardo
McKenzie, 26, of Yellow
Elder Gardens and Mark
Cash, 19, of Fox Hill were
remanded on the drug
Both pleaded not guilty to
the drug charge and are
expected back in court on
January 28.

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A FATHER-of-three has
accused officers at the Nassau
Street Police Station of assault
and wrongful detention.
He claims the alleged attack
has reawakened a dormant heart
condition, leaving him with an
irregular heartbeat.
The father said he was never
put under arrest, but was never-
theless locked in a holding cell
In a complaint filed with the
Royal Bahamas Police Force's
Complaints and Corruption Unit,
the father claims that officers
came to his home and took him
in for questioning on December
29 after he failed to return his
son to the boy's mother after a
scheduled visit. He claims he
peacefully accompanied the offi-
cers to the Nassau Street Police
The man said he explained to
the officers that a court had
granted him custody of the child
every other weekend and on hol-
idays, but that he hesitated in
returning the child after the last
visit as the boy complained of
The father said he took the
boy to the Department of Social
Services and was told by a case
worker to keep the child away
from his mother while the agency
investigated his claims.
After a 30-minute interview
during which he explained all this
to the officers, the father says he
asked if he was free to leave.
"An officer stated that I was
not being detained nor under
arrest, and that they only wanted
to return the child to the mother.
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door and before I reached the
door (the officer) launched for-
ward and slammed me in the
chest and ear with both hands,
asking me 'Boy you crazy?'" the
man told The Tribune.
He claims he was then told to
accompany two officers who
were going to take the child to
the station. The man said that
when he refused, he was thrown
into a cell without explanation.
The next day, he said, officers
told him that he was being
charged with contempt of court.

However, when he got to
court the next day, the man said,
he was not charged with anything
but simply ordered to fulfil his
child support responsibilities and
return the boy to his mother until
a custody hearing.
"I feel that I was wrongfully
incarcerated, wrongfully arrested
and wrongfully detained with all
my rights violated as I was not
cautioned nor informed of any
arrest or charges and assaulted,"
he claimed in his report. "I did
not resist arrest, did not try to
escape or act disorderly. . . To
warrant any form of assault."
The officer-in-charge of the
station at the time has since been
transferred; messages left for him
were not returned up to press
The father also hit out at the
Department of Social Services
for its "failure" to properly inves-
tigate repeated claims that his
child has been physically and sex-
ually abused.
He told The Tribune that for
years he has come up against
"roadblocks" and unsympathet-
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working hard on the ground
to identify these people who
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"It is always like a closed door
for me when I am trying to find
out the welfare of my child as it
relates to Social Services, his
mother and me. I've made offi-
cial complaints about four times
and unofficial complaints, and I
always run into roadblocks and it
has always caused friction
between me and certain
(employees) at Social Services,"
said the father, who thinks he is
being discriminated against
because of gender.
Carolyn Hepburn, deputy
director of the Department of
Social Services, would not speak
directly about the father's case
but said sometimes when a par-
ent is dissatisfied with the out-
come of an investigation, they
blame the system.
"When people cannot have
their own way, they would like to
blame you or me," said Ms Hep-
burn, who oversees the Children
Services Section. "If there is a
complaint my officers would
have gone out and checked the
situation out, they would have
instructed the mother that these
are the concerns. Once they find
that the complaint is unfounded,
then you speak to the man. A
case worker isn't on the case 24
hours but they advise parents
that they have to provide ade-
quate care for the child."
She said parents who are
unsatisfied with the way case
workers handle complaints
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The fraudsters in cyber space

AS THE Bible reminds us, the poor we
shall always have with us. It could have
added - and so have we the crooks, who
crawl out of life's nooks and crannies when-
ever they spot a window of opportunity.
This wonderful world of the web - blogs,
face book, twitter, you name it, the geniuses
have created it to help us stay in touch with
our neighbours. These instant communica-
tion devices are ready made for slippery fin-
gered pickpockets who stalk in the shadows
of cyber space ready to pounce on anything
that will turn a fast buck.
On the morning of January 13 we
received on our e-mail - which usually takes
a full morning to clear - a message that
needed a "Swift Response!!!"
With all the exclamation points to empha-
sise an emergency, it immediately caught
our attention. It was from a damsel in dis-
tress, who apologised for not letting us know
beforehand that she was making a trip to
the UK. We could not understand why a
total stranger would be apologising for not
keeping us abreast of her travel plans, but
then stranger things do happen.
Apparently, the lady was stuck - "with
some difficulties" - at Royal Victoria Dock
in England. Her main difficulty was that on
the way to the hotel she had misplaced her
bag containing her valuables. "I feel so
ashamed," she moaned.
Although her bag was missing with her
valuables on the way to the hotel, by some
strange Houdini act, the hotel already had -
remember she was just on her way to the
hotel - her passport and other belongings,
which management was holding pending
payment. Whoever this little fraudster is she
did not think the sequence of her move-
ments through logically. How could hotel
management possibly be holding her pass-
port and other valuables when, by her own
admission, she was just on her way there
when she lost them?
Anyway, that was her story. But this was
the clincher and the whole purpose of send-
ing her e-mail to our address and other
"undisclosed recipients" -
"I will like you to help me with a loan of
($3,250) to pay my hotel bills and return
These people must think that the world is
filled with fools like themselves. She ended
her tongue-in-cheek plea with the promise
made by all glib tongues: "I promise to pay
back upon my return; Let me know if you
can be of any assistance right away. E-mail
me A.S.A.P. Thank you so much."
Of course, we can be of tremendous assis-

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tance, we have forwarded her request to the
police. We think they'll be happy to help
The request came in the name of a local
person, who one of our reporters discov-
ered yesterday is the assistant librarian at
St Andrew's School. The librarian said she
was tricked into giving out her information
on an online request form, ostensibly from
Yahoo asking her to update her account.
Having innocently given the requested infor-
mation on the form, her e-mail was hacked
and about 30 of her associates around the
world - some as far away as Russia, China
and Canada - received the "Swift
Response" plea.
We thought that was behind us. But the
little devil is persistent.
Yesterday morning, the first item on our
e-mail to be cleared was a "how are you
doing today?" note from Stephen G Dean,
M.B.A., BA., CM., Police Superintendent,
Commander-Southeastern Division Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
Supt Dean was also sorry that he had not
informed us about his travel plans to the
UK to participate in a programme. He too
was stranded. England must have suddenly
become a strange place for stranding people
and causing them to lose their wallets -
maybe it's this "red alert" they have put out
warning people to beware of terrorists.
Seems we now have a cyber terrorist right in
our midst.
Anyway, poor Supt Dean, according to
the e-mail, is now stranded in England hav-
ing lost his wallet - again he was on his
way to his hotel when this mishap overtook
him. He urgently needed a soft loan -�1,500
or $2,471 - which he would return on his
return home.
We put the dunce's cap on our fraudster,
who foolishly lacked the imagination to
change the stranded story.
Within days of each other we received
the same stranded-lost wallet-need-money-
urgently story.
Anyway, we picked up the telephone and
spoke with Supt Dean who was on duty at
his station's desk. Ours was not the first call
that he had received yesterday morning
about the same matter. Needless to say an all
out investigation has started.
However, let this be a warning to the
public - fill out no form on line asking for
personal details.
Cyber space is a wonderful information
thoroughfare, but it has to be used with intel-
ligence to avoid the black holes into which
users can be sucked along the way.


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I condemn this


college practice

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Kindly print the following
for the benefit of your readers
and the nation at large.
It is still early in the col-
lege's Spring semester.
As usual, the unpleasant
but essential task of purchas-
ing college text books arises.
The information which
should have been available
online or otherwise at least
two or three weeks prior to
the opening is trickling in.
It is not the fault of the indi-
vidual student in this regard
but completely that of the col-
lege itself and a lacklustre
COBUS administration which
has failed to effectively
address the matter.
The student in question is a
graduate of Saint Augustine's
College, whose administrative
genius allowed them to pro-
vide book lists, etc for the
September term, at the end
of June.

It is not unreasonable to
expect to purchase three text
books during the course of a
semester, perhaps even four.
The good fortune, however,
abruptly ends there.
The books and their COB
prices are as follows: Inter-
mediate Accounting - 12th Ed
@ $ 113.25, which I purchased
online @ $21.99 (incl s&h) for
a "like new" copy; The Explo-
ration of Economics - 4th Ed
@ $182.85, available online @
$73.99 (incl s&h) and also like
new; and finally, Essentials of
Managerial Finance - 14th Ed
@ $178.95, also available
online @ $127.99 (incl s&h)
and "good" to go.
The cited examples, believe
it or not, are far from the
worst case scenarios.

In the past, I have pur-
chased quality used books
starting at less than $1.00 and
landed $130.00 COB text
books for as little as $10.00.
With the additional customs
duty and brokerage fee the
potential savings remain sig-
I condemn this uncon-
scionable practice by the col-
lege and call upon a suppos-
edly caring government to
remove with immediacy all
tariffs and other obstacles pre-
venting or impeding the
acquisition of these educa-
tional items so that Bahamian
students and their parents by
extension will no longer have
to bear this burdensome,
unethical and ungodly prac-

January, 2010.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
The nonsense spewed by the eloquent John
W in his letter to the editor of Friday is yet
another example of the prejudice and child-
ishness that permeates our society. While
admitting the limitations of capital punish-
ment, he freely supports another inhumane
method of punishment that has little or no
evidence of effectiveness in dealing with crime
in a society (a quick online search will pro-
vide many studies that find no correlation and
in some cases the opposite is found to be true,
where corporal punishment only makes mat-
ters worse).
Revenge is a reasonable human response
and given the recent levels of crime, one can
almost say it is justified. But Mr John W is
clearly not looking for revenge. He prefers a
sick show to satisfy some sort of base need

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I suggest Prime Minister Ingraham was total-
ly correct in his reply to the PLP over consul-
tations on Haiti and the Heads of Govern-
ment meeting on the invitation of the President
of the Dominican Republic yesterday.
Do you gate-crash? Sorry PLP, wrong this
Yes it would not have killed anyone if the
PM called Mr Christie to get his opinion as a
courtesy but part of an official delegation unin-
vited sorry, gate-crashing.
Reading the official release, not the ver-
sion from the Prime Minister, it certainly sug-
gests that this meeting could easily have been
held using the Conference Centre on East
Street Police Headquarters via video-tele-
phone - saved all those officials driving out to
Odyssey for the PM and entourage to fly to

that only a psychiatrist would be able to help
him with. Besides being pointless, gangsters
dressed up as women is sexist and degrading
(towards the gangster and women). And what
difference does it make if a woman does the
flogging? Is this supposed to make the show
more entertaining for Mr John W or is he just
trying to find a way to release built-up preju-
dices towards women?
Mr John Q talks about crimes that jeopar-
dise the greater advancement of the country,
but his bigoted vitriol is part of the reason
that our country is failing to advance. Crimes
will continue until we can learn to treat each
other with respect and that must start with
each and every one of us.
January 22, 2010.

Dominican Republic and then await his arrival
coming back. Really should the Commission-
er of Police, Secretary of Cabinet, other Per-
manent Secretaries, Head of Protocol be
required to be on hand every time the PM
leaves and returns to The Bahamas?
We certainly never do that for the Head of
State, His Excellency the Governor-General.
It seems CAR1COM is in no hurry to arrive
at some decision as the Heads decided to meet
in April....there is obviously no urgency but the
RBDF and the two 60 metre patrol craft are on
stand-by ready to sail with two Commando
Platoons to do something in Haiti.
If only we could stop this school boy bully-
ing....tit for tat!
January 19, 2010.


Yet another example of

uneducated prejudice

PM correct in reply to PLP

over consultations on Haiti

The Anglican Central Education Authority
Diocese of The Bahamas and
Turks and Caicos Islands
- Addington House
P.O. Box N656
Sands Road
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas
Tel: 242 322 3015
Fax: 242 325 2647

The Anglican Central Education Authority
is pleased to announce its Grade 7 Entrance Examination
The Entrance Examination will occur on
Saturday, 6th February 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
at each of the following Anglican Schools.

St. John's College, Stapledon Gardens
St. Anne's School, Fox Hill and Eastern Roads
Bishop Michael Eldon School, Freeport, Grand Bahama
St. Andrew's Anglican School, George Town, Exuma

Applications can be collected from any Anglican School
between 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. but must be returned to the school the
candidate wished to attend.

Applications will be accepted until the registration deadline of 3:00 p.m.
Friday, 29th January 2010.





Man taken to

hospital after


POLICE are investigat-
ing a stabbing incident at
Eight Mile Rock.
According to reports,
sometime around 2am on
Friday a 20-year-old resi-
dent of Holmes Rock told
police at the Eight Mile
Rock Police Station that
he was stabbed by a man
while at Sunset Village.
The victim was taken to
the Rand Memorial Hos-
pital, where he is listed in
stable condition. Police
are continuing their

The 43-year-old victim
who was injured in a traf-
fic accident on Thursday,
January 21, on the Grand
Bahama Highway is listed
in critical condition at the
Rand Memorial Hospital.

Two charged

with assisting

illegal landing

THE Department of
Immigration was success-
ful Friday in charging two
Bahamian men before the
courts with assisting in an
illegal landing in contra-
vention of section 47 (1)
of the Immigration Act.
The two Bahamian cap-
tains, Anton Edgecombe
and Nigel Sands were
intercepted by the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force's
Police Marine Officers off
Montagu Bay at about
10.10pm on Tuesday, Jan-
uary 19. Six Chinese
nationals were discovered
onboard, three males and
three females.
The two Bahamian cap-
tains pleaded not guilty
and was each given
$50,000.00 bail with one
The Chinese pleaded
guilty and were each
fined $300 or six months
in prison if they fail to
pay their fine.
The Department said it
is committed to prosecut-
ing, in a timely manner,
all persons charged with
contravening the Immi-
gration laws of The


convict pleads

for leniency

A MURDER convict
pleaded for leniency yes-
terday following a resen-
tencing hearing.
Lindy Cartwright, 32,
was convicted and sen-
tenced to death in May
2000 for the December
1997 shooting death of
Denton Forbes.
Cartwright's death sen-
tence was quashed by the
Privy Council in July
2006 and he was re-sen-
tenced by Senior Justice
Anita Allen yesterday to
30 years imprisonment
from the day he was con-
The judge also took
into consideration his
good behaviour and the
time he had spent await-
ing trial, saying that
Cartwright would now
serve 13 and a half years.
However the convict
pleaded for a lesser sen-
tence, asking the judge to
be more lenient on him.
Senior Justice Allen
said she had already
made her decision and
admonished Cartwright
to use his remaining time

in prison wisely.
She pointed out that
murder is a serious
offence and told
Cartwright that he could
not expect to take the life
of another and get away
with a slap on the wrist.
Cartwright was repre-
sented by attorney
Dorsey McPhee. Attor-
ney Anthony Delaney
represented the Crown.

Police superintendent is

latest target of e-mail scam

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE Superintendent
Stephen Dean, Commander of
the Southeastern Division, has
become the target of an email
scam aimed at obtaining thou-
sands of dollars from his
friends and associates.
Someone impersonating
Supt Dean sent an email to all
his contacts claiming that the
senior officer lost his wallet
while travelling to the United
Kingdom on an unspecified

The email included a cus-
tomary salutation to a friend
and an apology for not previ-
ously advising the recipient of
the trip.
"I would like you to assist
me with a soft loan urgently
with the sum of 1,500 GBP
which is about 2,471 USD to
sort-out my hotel bills and get
myself back home. I will
appreciate what you can come
up with and I promise to pay
you back as soon as I return,"
stated the email. It ends with
Supt Dean's name and list of
When contacted about the

scam, Supt Dean said he had
been notified about the emails
and that a full investigation
had been launched.
The cyber-attack on Supt
Dean is the latest in a series of
similar incidents brought to
the attention of The Tribune.
Earlier this month, Peggy
Stroud, assistant librarian at
St Andrew's School, was the
target of another scam.
Ms Stroud said that about
30 of her associates from
around the world - some as
far away as Russia, China and
Canada - received an email
entitled "Swift Response!!!"

Policetcin al

SANDS, Commander of the
Western Division, speaks to
the press yesterday at the
-Western Police Station.

p -.


FROM page one
there has not been a New Year spike, police
chiefs want the public to be aware in order
to protect themselves against any continua-
tion or potential increase.
The trend of robberies involved victims
being followed home, or observed when
parking at the food store, beach area, or
other public places.
After individuals get out of their cars and
enter their home or businesses, the robber
breaks the car window and snatches valu-
ables from the seat.
Robberies are often swift, conducted in
less than one-minute, said the police com-
mand. Nissan Sentra and Honda motor vehi-
cles are primary targets.
"Don't expose valuables on car seats. Be
vigilant about who is parking next to you,
who is moving around in parking lots. Come
together as a community to help us to min-
imise incidents," said Supt Sands.
Women in the western division are the
primary victims. Handbags, blackberries and
other valuables have been stolen. No loca-
tions were identified as hot spots, and the
perpetrators do not have a specific profile.
Police say the incidents have primarily been
Supt Sands identified the Cable Beach

area as a popular entertainment spot, where
residents travel home late at night. She said
residents are advised to contact a family
member or neighbour when they are return-
ing home at night, so someone is on guard.
They should also refrain from using cell
phones when parking and walking at night,
so they can be fully alert to their surround-
Scouting the area before pulling into one's
home was another recommendation offered
by the police. If residents suspect anything
out of the ordinary, they should proceed to
the police station and seek assistance. Once
the manpower is available, residents will
usually be able to obtain an escort home.
There have been several arrests in the
area, but the police are not confident that
the incidents are related, or that an organ-
ised criminal network is at work. There have
been a few incidents of armed robbery and
car thefts.
"One crime is too many for this area,"
said Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Kem-
mie Hinzey, Crime Manager for the Western
Division. ASP Hinzey was appointed to the
post just over a week ago to assist with crime
fighting in the area. He said several strate-
gies have been put in place by the police to
manage the situation, and the public should
not panic.

from an impersonator using
her Yahoo! account.
She said her email was
hacked after she filled out an
online form, purportedly from
Yahoo!, asking her to update
the account. The form used
Yahoo's colours, fonts and
logos. She said it stated that
Yahoo! was seeking to cut
down on delinquent email
accounts, and wanted users to
update account information.
The form asked that she sub-
mit her password.
Ms Stroud said about three
or four hours after filling in
the form, her account was
hacked, her password was
changed and her friends start-
ed receiving fraudulent emails.
"It was my fault. I gave
them my password. Lesson
learned - never give anyone
your password, because no
one reputable will ask for it.
Fortunately there was nothing
important in my email. It just
put a lot of people through
inconvenience," she said.
In the case of Ms Stroud,
the fraudulent email stated she
was travelling in England and
had lost her wallet. She was
unable to return home,
because the hotel confiscated
her passport and other belong-
ings pending payment, it
"I will like you to help me
with a loan of ($3,250) to pay
my hotel bills and return
home. I promise to pay back
upon my return; let me know
if you can be of any assistance
right away. Email me ASAP
Thank-you so much," the
email said.
Online personal information

scams are known as "phishing
scams" and involve email mes-
sages that appear to be from a
legitimate company or indi-
vidual, asking for information
to be updated or verified.
Scammers use the information
to commit identity theft or
extort money.
"As long as they are asking
you for a password that should
be a red alert. You should not
give out your password. Any
Internet vendor that needs
your password should have it.
It is different if they want you
to verify your street address
or number, but they should
have your password," said
Earnest Miller, chief executive
officer at Micro-Animations
Ltd, a technology consulting
Internet users should err on
the side of caution whenever
being asked for money. In the
case of someone impersonat-
ing a friend, Mr Miller said,
individuals should try to con-
tact the friend by telephone
or on another email contact.
"Unfortunately, normally
when that should happen the
person would already have
grabbed a hold of the mailbox,
so if you emailed them back
they would respond. You
should have an alternate con-
tact for the person, like a
phone number or another
email address," he said.
As an added precaution, Mr
Miller said, Internet users
should periodically back-up
their email contacts. Once an
email account is hacked, legit-
imate users are often blocked
from their accounts, thereby
losing all their contacts.

Tribune Staff Reporter
DESPITE deciding against
implementing safety precau-
tions aimed at avoiding plane
crashes like the one in Jamaica
last month, local airport offi-
cials say the main runway at the
Lynden Pindling International
Airport is perfectly safe.
On December 22 an Ameri-
can Airlines Boeing 737 crashed
at Kingston's Norman Manley
International Airport, slid off
the wet runway and nearly fell
into the sea after overflying the
specified landing zone.
Although no one died, more
than 40 of the 145 passengers
on board had to be taken to
hospital, most suffering from
broken bones, according to the
Jamaican press.
In a recent edition of USA
Today, it was reported that
many airports in the Caribbean
and Latin American lack basic
safety standards such as runway
grooving to funnel away water
and enhance braking and "safe-
ty zones" of open land at the
end of each runway - which are
designed to prevent crashes like
the one in Kingston.
LPIA does not have an open
land zone at the end of its main
runway and although it is a rec-
ommendation of the United
Nation's International Civil
Aviation Organisation (ICAO),
one official at Nassau Airport
Development Company (NAD)
thinks it's unnecessary.
John Terpstra, NAD's vice-
president of operations, is con-

fident that the runway's length
is more than adequate for
accommodating large jets.
"At LPIA we have a very
long runway designed to accom-
modate very large planes so our
runway can easily accommodate
large Boeing 737s," Mr Terp-
stra said. "Our main runway is
over 11,000 feet long and for
airports close to sea level like
LPIA that's a long runway
He added that LPIA's main
runway is 2,400 feet longer than
the runway in Kingston, and
explained that if pilots "land
where the intended landing area
is, they should have more than
sufficient runway length and
braking areas".
He added that while the run-
way is not grooved as recom-
mended, it is "crowned" a fea-
ture which also directs water to
the edge of a runway.
"Some airports will provide
grooving if there is (inadequate)
drainage but where you have
good crowning like we do at
LPIA, it's not necessary," said
Mr Terpstra. "Bottom-line is
that even during heavy rain-
storms the crowning and length
of the runway provide very
effective braking service at
The airport has two runways,
the main strip which is 11,353
feet long and a secondary or
crosswind runway which is 8,273
feet long.
According to the USA Today
report, at least 29 commercial
airports in the Caribbean and
Latin America lack safety zones
at the end of runways.

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wife Dorothy Moss,
daughter Kaat, brother Stephen Moss,
neice Danielle Moss, nephews Rune and
Art Segers, sisters-in-law Anne Marie
(Koops) Moss and Christel Segers,
brothers-in-law Roel Mulders and Jacky
Segers, uncles Robert Eardley and Pat
Croome, aunts Jennifer Croome and Fran
Eardley, cousins Kenneth Eardley, Kate
Life, Rachael French and Kris Croome,
mother-in-law Lizette Mulders,

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New Providence Community Church on
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Concerns over huge mound

of dirt at Bahama Rock site


"I will be coming to Grand Bahama
next month for a shipping conference
from the 9-12 and I will meet
informally with residents concerning
all the information available on the
Environment Impact Assessment on
the proposed expansion project by
Bahama Rock."

Minister of Environment Earl Deveaux

Tribune Freeport Reporter
mound of dirt has been hauled
across the Warren Levarity
Highway, sparking concerns
among residents of West Grand
The site, which is located on
the island's north shore, is being
prepared by Bahama Rock for
the relocation of its offices to
the north side of the highway.
Walter Reed, general man-
ager of Bahama Rock, told The
Tribune when contacted on
Thursday that the company was
granted a permit to build up
the area.
"We have been hauling and
directing dirt across the road
under a permit we received
back in 2007 to build material
up over there.
"It is a building permit, it is
not an excavation permit - it's
where our office is going to be
relocated to," Mr Reed said.
He could not say when the
area would be ready for relo-
"It is hard to say when it
would be completed. It is going
to take some time. The origi-
nal plan was a couple of years
but with the downturn in the
market it will take a little
"It (the mound of dirt) poses
no danger to fishes and wildlife
"It is just like filling your
backyard," he explained.
However, residents believe
that the towering mound of dirt
is being used as a barrier for
the preparation of dredging on
the north shore.
The Committee of Con-
cerned Residents of West
Grand Bahama is opposed to
the proposed expansion plans
by Bahama Rock across the
Warren Levarity Highway, and
urged Environment Minister
Earl Deveaux not to grant the
company approval for the
When contacted, Minister
Deveaux told The Tribune that
he was not aware of the huge
mound of dirt piled up across
the highway.
"I have no idea about the

"It is 2010, and Mr Deveaux
has not gotten back to us in any
official forum pertaining to our
concerns," he said.
Mr Barr claims that residents
have suffered property damage
from the constant underground
blasting by Bahama Rock. They
claim that vibrations have
caused structural damages to
homes in the Eight Mile Rock
Bahama Rock is owned and
operated by Martin Marietta
Materials which owns quarry
plants in the US and Canada.
The rock mining plant in
Freeport is the company's
largest facility, which exports
aggregate products primarily
used in the construction indus-
In 2008, Bahama Rock offi-
cials held town meetings in
West Grand Bahama discussing
their plans for proposed expan-
sion on 1,000 acres of land in
Eight Mile Rock.
During that time, Mr Reed
denied that the company's
blasting was responsible for
damage to the homes in the
area, pointing out that vibra-
tion levels are monitored and
are well below the internation-
al standard levels.
The town meetings were a
prerequisite for the company's
Environmental Impact Assess-
ment. Martin Marietta Bahama
Rock is applying to the Gov-
ernment for approval to exca-
vate large areas of Eight Mile
Rock that will allow for future
development of another deep
Bahama Rock has excavat-
ed and dredged the Freeport

Harbour for major expansion
of the container port on the
south side of Warren Levarity
Residents fear that the exca-
vation on the north shore will
destroy the remaining fresh
water lens in Eight Mile Rock,
and underground cavern sys-
tems, and affect mangroves and
fish nurseries on the north
"We are about saving our
country, land, and our environ-
ment. We cannot continue to
let foreigners come in here and
dupe us with a little bit of mon-
"The money they leave in
our country is a drop in the
bucket for what they get and
after they get it they leave total
destruction behind."
"We need to get people in
our government who are mind-
ful of this and who are not only
persuaded by big bucks.
"When we dredge and export
aggregate we are selling our
land. When they dredge up all
our land where are we going to
live, when they dredge up man-
groves that stop surges during
hurricanes we are left vulnera-
ble and these people will pack
up and go back home."
Mr Barr claimed that Mar-
tin Marietta Bahama Rock has
made billions. According to the
company's website, the compa-
ny's earnings for 2008 was
$176.3 million.

PEOPLE (LEFT TO RIGHT): Diane Fletcher, Jean Knowles, June Hall (president of the Bahamas Kennel Club), Laura Kimble, Tonya Sturrup-Gay, Chan-
dra Parker-McCallum, Donna Kiriaze and Lynn Gape. Dogs (left to right): Hank, Sachi, Roony, Katie, Foxy, Whylie, Tiger Lili, Chloe, Skye.

THE Bahamas Kennel
Club is lending its support
to a new animal rights
group's efforts to ensure that

dogs rescued from certain
death are properly cared for.
The Kennel Club donat-
ed $500 to BAARK! to go

towards the construction of
kennels at the Bahamas
Humane Society (BHS) for
dogs saved from the Gov-

ernment Pound, where
around 50 unwanted animals
are killed every week.
BAARK! is funding the
care of these dogs, which are
up for adoption at BHS
headquarters in Chipping-
The Kennel Club will be
hosting its annual BKC Dog
Show at the Botanical Gar-
dens on March 20 and 21,
and organizers say it will be
a great family fun-day fea-
turing agility classes and a
rally event.
Entry forms for the show
are available at most local
vet offices, and anyone
interested in dog training
classes can contact the
BKC's Tonya Sturrup-Gay
at 394-3086.
For more information
about BAARK!, its efforts
to change conditions at the
Government Pound,
its Spay Day 2010 pro-
gramme, becoming a mem-
ber, or how to adopt a res-
cued animal, email:


i Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026


dirt, I was not aware of that,"
he said Thursday.
Mr Deveaux said that he can-
not speculate whether the com-
pany has started any expansion
work across the highway.
"I will be coming to Grand
Bahama next month for a ship-
ping conference from the 9-12
and I will meet informally with
residents concerning all the
information available on the
Environment Impact Assess-
ment on the proposed expan-
sion project by Bahama Rock,"
he said.
Dave Barr, a committee
member, does not believe that
the company is piling dirt to
build up the area to relocate its
"We think it is a blind screen.
When they were dredging on
the southern side of the street
they put those big mounds up
so the public could not see what
was going on.
"We are afraid that they are
doing the same thing on the
northern side where they have
piled mounds dirt up so the
public cannot see what is going
on and start dredging again,"
he said.
Barr said residents are vehe-
mently opposed to the expan-
sion project. He noted that
some 3,000 signatures were on a
petition opposing the project.
"Mr Deveaux came here in
2008 and met with residents at a
town meeting in which he
promised us that he was going
to be getting back to us in ear-
ly 2009 as to what was going to
be happening with the expan-
sion of Area 4, which on the
northwestern side of WLH.





Philip Davis' former

campaign general

plans to challenge

him in next election

FROM page one
sion, to represent the good people of
Cat Island, Rum Cay, and San Sal-
vador. The people here have suffered
for too long. They say that Brave
doesn't have a house in the area, he
doesn't live in the constituency, and a
lot of his supporters are upset that
they don't see him. They are telling
me that Ezra if you do not run, we
will not support the PLP and Mr
Philip Brave Davis in the next elec-
tion," he said.
Having already met with religious
leaders on the island and their many
civil servants, Mr Russell said he has
considerable support in the area hav-
ing been the "front man" for the PLP
in the area for decades.
As such he said, if he were to be
successful in a general election, he
would use his influence in the House
of Assembly for the betterment of
Cat Island, San Salvador and Rum
Cay by providing better linkages and
avenues for cultural tourism. In addi-
tion, Mr Russell added that he would
create a proper sporting facility in
the far flung islands that would
improve the lives of the children, as
well as upgrading the many now
derelict government offices.
"I live in Cat Island. The people
here can find me to talk to me or
meet with me on a daily basis. I live in
the constituency. I know what the
people are going through. They can
identify with me because I go through
their same pains on a daily basis."
The prospective candidate said he
will be travelling to San Salvador on
February 9 to begin his campaign,
having already done a roll call on the
island to feel out his level of support
"I am a people person. We are
independent people. We think in and
outside the box. And we don't have
no time to smear nobody. The gov-
ernment and anybody else should be
thinking of taking care of its people. It
is the government's job to make sure
the infrastructure is there. That is all
we want. And I will ensure that we
get it," he said.
Attempts to reach Mr Davis for
comment on this matter were unsuc-

COB unveils seven s

process for new president

THE Council of the College of
the Bahamas yesterday unveiled
a seven step process designed to
find the College's next president.
COB's current President
Janyne Hodder announced last
December that she will be step-
ping down on June 30, after serv-
ing in the post for four years. At
a press conference at the college
yesterday, Council Chairman T
Baswell Donaldson said that on
January 13, the council approved
the process by which it would
seek candidates and identify the
next president of the College.
"The Council determined that
this process was to be clear,
inclusive and accountable, and
that it should also protect the
confidentiality rights of poten-
tial candidates.
"This seven step process is
new to the College, but in many
ways very similar to university
presidential searches anywhere,"
Mr Donaldson said.
"I would like to stress that this
process is open to everyone, and
that we invite anyone who con-
siders themselves qualified to
lead this institution to submit
their interest to us; be they here
in The Bahamas or living
abroad," Mr Donaldson said.
Outlining the process, Mr
Donaldson said that step one of
the process involves a request
for proposals to search firms. He
said that that step is complete,
as advertisements have been
placed in local newspapers. Com-
panies have until February 5th,
to provide the college council
with their proposals. The second
step involves that appointment
of an advisory committee. Mr
Donaldson noted that the Coun-
cil has determined that the
search process would be con-
ducted by an advisory search
committee that will be responsi-
ble for reporting to the College

FROM LEFT ARE: members of the Advisory Search Committee: Ms. Miriam Sands, staff representative; Judith Whitehead, Col-
lege Council Deputy Chair; Timothy Baswell Donaldson, College Council Chair; Cheryl Simms, COB Vice President, Finance
and Brooke Sherman, student representative.

"The next step is for the com-
mittee to get to work. First, we
expect to review the proposals
and select the search firm. We
also expect the advisory search
committee, with the assistance
of the search firm, to finalize a
presidential 'profile', in accor-
dance with the vision and goals
of The College at this time. After
this, advertisements for the posi-
tion will be placed in The
Bahamas and abroad," Mr Don-
aldson said.
Step four of the process
involves the actual recruitment
stage. "The advisory search com-
mittee, with the assistance of the
search firm, will conduct wide-
spread recruitment activities,
both through advertising and
direct recruitment of candidates.
Following this, a preliminary can-
didate list will be developed. This
list will come as a result of appli-

cations, nominations and other
direct recruitment activities," Mr
Donaldson said.
"Then, the search firm will
conduct the necessary initial
screening and reference inquiries
and produce a list," he added.
The next step he said is the eval-
uation process.
"From this list, the advisory
search committee, with the sup-
port of the search firm, will
develop a short list of candidates
that it wishes to interview. Once
these first interviews have been
concluded, the committee will
decide on the two or three can-
didates it wishes to present to
the community," Mr Donaldson
"The next step will be for can-
didates to meet the community.
The committee will decide, as
part of its deliberations, exactly
how these meetings will occur

but it is Council's intention that
candidates have the opportuni-
ty of meeting with stakeholder
groups and that stakeholders
have the opportunity of giving
feedback on these meetings.
Once feedback has been received
and the committee has met
again, it will then make its rec-
ommendation to Council," Mr
Donaldson said. The final step,
he said, is when the Council will
determine whether it supports
the recommendation.
"If so, it will seek the approval
of the Minister of Education in
accordance with the terms of the
College Act. At this point, dis-
cussions with the preferred can-
didate will be held to ensure pro-
visional acceptance of an offer
should one be made. Once all
these steps are complete, the
Council will make the appoint-
ment," he said.



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Child sex abuse

claims probed

FROM page one

Mr Bannister said the gov-
ernment is "deeply con-
cerned" about alleged sexu-
al abuse of school age chil-
dren in North Eleuthera,
evidence of suicidal tenden-
cies and has acted forcefully
to reduce the risk to chil-
dren going forward and
ensure those who may have
been emotionally damaged
get help.
In light of signs that some
adults on the island have
been willing to "cover-up"
for others who have perpe-
trated abuse against chil-
dren, he also urged that the
community "must face head
on" the troubling issues
affecting children that have
been raised by recent inves-
tigations by the Ministry of
Education's intervention
specialists and police.
"The community must
come on board," said Mr
After North Eleuthera
High School security officer
Adrian White was charged
in June of last year with
indecently assaulting eight
girls there, a "crisis inter-
vention" counsellor was sent
to the island last year in an
attempt to reach out to a
number of children whose
emotional and social well-
being was suspected of hav-
ing been damaged by what
was happening on the island.
As a result of this action
and the formation of a local
Advisory Group by the Min-
istry charged with taking a
proactive approach to iden-
tifying and ensuring assis-
tance for children who may
have suffered or be at risk of
abuse on the island, a
plethora of further child sex
allegations were brought to

In October 2009, Navar-
do Johnson, 29 of Hatchet
Bay Eleuthera, was charged
with having sexual inter-
course with nine boys from
the area.
Since that time education
officials have been alarmed
by claims that a specialised
intervention officer sent to
the island, trained in
advanced counselling meth-
ods, may have been under-
mined in her efforts to help
children affected by abuse.
Yesterday various senior
education officials were
transferred within the
Eleuthera school system
after District Superintendent
for the Ministry on the
island, Rudolph Smith, was
sent on extended leave in
the wake of allegations that
he might have fallen down
in his duties as abuse alle-
gations surfaced.
In a major shake up for
the area's education system,
the Principal of Preston
Albury High School Kirk-
wood Cleare was assigned
to take the departing offi-
cial's place, while Deborah
Deal, principal of North
Eleuthera High School was
transferred to fill the posi-
tion left by Mr Cleare and
the Principal of Spanish
Wells High School was
moved to the North
Eleuthera High School to
take Mrs Deal's place.
However, this step by the
Ministry did not meet with
the approval of all. Many
parents of students at the
North Eleuthera High
School gathered outside the
school yesterday, from
which Principal Deborah
Deal and Vice Principal
Catherine Collins were
transferred, protesting the
removal of the Principal.
PTA President Garnell
Bethel said the Principal was

"doing a great job" at the
school, which she had head-
ed since September 2009,
and they saw no need for
her to be removed.
Some parents kept their
children out of school yes-
terday as they called for the
return of the principal.
However, Mr Bannister
was not impressed with this
behaviour and said that
while he intends to visit
Eleuthera to further address
the Ministry's concerns
there he will not do so while
children are out of school.
Mr Bannister said the
Ministry is emphatic in its
approach to dealing with the
troubling circumstances that
have arisen in Eleuthera,
particularly in light of the
recommendations made in
the recent report by the par-
liamentary Select Commit-
tee appointed to investigate
what went wrong when sim-
ilar allegations of abuse
came to light in Grand
Bahama's Eight Mile Rock
High School last year.
That report noted that
despite an awareness of the
complaints being made,
teachers, administrators,
other staff and parents
"dropped the ball" on the
matter, losing opportunities
to prevent further abuse.
Yesterday Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Hulan
Hanna said: "We take all
allegations very, very seri-
ously and whenever they
come to us and however
they do they will get proper
and focused police attention.
"Over the last several
months police have received
any number of allegations
of sexual abuse coming out
of Eleuthera and persons
placed before courts. We are
continuing with other inves-
tigations of that nature," he


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Lundy leads Diplomats

to 77-62 victory

Sports Reporter

WIN number 10 may have been
the hardest to come by for the
defending BAISS senior boy's
champions, but with an incredible
second half from their leading scor-
er, overcame a halftime deficit to
remain undefeated.
Marako Lundy scored 26 of his
game high 28 points in the second
half to lead the Diplomats to a 77-62
win on the road over the Kingsway
Academy Saints yesterday in a
rematch of the 2008 championship
The Diplomats outscored the
Saints 16-6 over the final two min-
utes, and Lundy fittingly scored the
game's final basket just as time
Led by Lundy, the Diplomats
outscored the Saints 51-28 in the
second half to remain undefeated
on the year.
Edny Swain scored six points in
the first to lead Kingsway to 13-12
advantage after the first.
With the Diplomats starters in
early foul trouble, the Saints took
advantage in the second, expand-
ing the lead to as much as eight.
As the Saints threatened to pull
away, the Diplomats went on a 6-0
run to trim the deficit to a single
point capped by a steal and layup
from Travis Rolle which made the
score 26-25 with 1:34 left to play in
the half.
The Saints responded with a 7-1
run to end the half and regain a
commanding lead.
Devardo Rolle successfully con-
verted a three point play, Mikhail
Rolle nailed a jumper from the
baseline, and Reginald Ferguson
capped the run with a steal and
dished an assist behind the back to
Rolle who finished for a 33-26 lead.
After enjoying their highest scor-
ing quarter in the second when they
outscored the Diplomats 20-14, the
Saints offence struggled to get going
in the third as they scored just 8
points and saw the Diplomats surge
With their regular starters back
on the floor, Lundy and the Diplo-
mats opened on a 15-2 run to take
control of the game.

Lundy opened the third with a
three pointer from the left wing, and
scored nine points in a row, capped
by a fast break layup to tie the game
at 35.
Shaquille Bain gave the Diplo-
mats their first lead since the first
quarter, with a running layup.
At the end of the run, John Kem-
p's layup gave Westminster a 41-35
Ferguson finally broke the scoring
drought for the Saints with a floater
and dominated the final two min-
utes of the quarter to keep the
Saints in striking distance.
The heady point guard followed
with a steal and fast break layup to
bring the Saints within a basket, 41-
After Lundy made his second
three of the quarter and added a
fast break layup, Ferguson raced
down court with five seconds
remaining to finish and acrobatic
double clutch layup as the Diplo-
mats took a 46-41 lead into the final
The Saints momentum carried
over into the fourth and a 9-4 run to
open the quarter regained the lead.
Ferguson tied the game at 47 with
a fade away jumper and after a free
throw by the Diplomats; the Saints
took the lead when Weston Saun-
ders converted a three point play
for a 50-48 lead.
Lundy tied the game at 50 with
two from the free throw line and
Rolle gave the Diplomats the lead
for good with his steal and bucket
on the ensuing possession.
After falling behind 57-50, the
Saints again worked their way back
into the game on the defensive end
of the floor.
A layup by Swain trimmed the
deficit 61-56 with 1:51 left to play,
but the Saints would pull no closer.
Lundy led all scorers with 28
points, Mackey added 14, Kemp fin-
ished with nine, Brian Rose chipped
in with seven and the Diplomats
survived an off day from Bain who
finished with just six.
Ferguson was one of four Saints
in double figures with a team high
16 points.
Swain finished with 13, Rolle
added with 12, Saunders chipped in
with 10 while Devardo Rolle added

THE New Providence Volleyball
Association hosted game one of the
ladies' best-of-five championship series
and game two of the men on Sunday at
the DW Davis Gymnasium.
In the ladies' affair, the Johnson Lady
Truckers came out with a vengeance
and took the first two sets 25-23 and
25-19. But the Scottsdale Vixens would
not die and they won the next two sets
25-20 and 25-20.
That set the stage for the fifth and
final set as the Vixens secured the match
with a 15-5 victory to go up 1-0 in the
series that will continue with game two
on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Cheryse Rolle led the Vixens with
13 points. Kelsie Johnson also had 13
kills in a losing effort for the Lady
Truckers. In the men's match, the
National Fence Intruders went into
game two with a one game advantage
after defeating the Scotiabank Defend-
ers in a marathon 5 set on Friday.
This time, however, the outcome was
different as the Defenders convincingly
disposed of the Intruders in three
straight sets 26-24, 25-15 and 25-14.
Shedrick Forbes led the Defenders
and all scorers with 14 points to tie the
men's series at 1 game each. Prince Wil-
son once again led the intruders with 9
points, this time in a losing effort.
Game three will be played on
Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

THE Bahamas Cricket Association
is preparing to host the International
Crucket Council's Pepsi Americas
Region Division 2 Cricket Tourna-
ment at Haynes Oval.
Teams from Brazil, Panama, Suri-
name and the Turks & Caicos Islands
are due here for the tournament that is
scheduled to begin on February 1.
On Saturday, Brazil will play a
warm-up match against a select team
from the BCA at Windsor Park, start-
ing at 10 a.m.
The teams coming in will reside at
the Royal Palm Hotel on Bay and Nas-
sau Street. Officials from the BCA will
be town for the duration of the tour-
Opening matches for the tourna-
ment on February 1 have the Bahamas
against Brazil at Haynes Oval and
Suriname against Panama at Windsor
Below is a list of the players select-
ed for the Bahamas team, managed
by Irving Taylor with Mohamed Allie
as the coach and Gary Brathwaite as
Gregory Taylor Jr., captain; Ryan
Tappin, assistant captain; Howard
Roye, Marc Taylor, Johnathan Barry,
Jermaine Adderley, Ashmeid Allie,
Gary Armstrong, Albert Peters,
Narendra Ekanayake, Dwight Weak-
ley, Renford Davson, Gregory Irving
and Lee Neville.

THE Junior Baseball League of
Nassau continued its regular season
action over the weekend at St.
Andrew's Field of Dreams with the
following results posted:
Tee Ball - Grasshoppers def.
Knights 21-18; Raptors def. Sand
Gnats 21-11 and Sidewinders def. Blue
Claws 22-7.
Coach Pitch - Diamondbacks def.
Cubs 18-15; Angels def. Padres 8-2
and Athletics def. Pirates 6-1.
Minor League - Orioles def. Roy-
als 10-6; Mets def. Rockies 8-4 and
Brewers def. Red Sox 13-8.
Major League - Marlins def. Indians
8-4 and Mariners def. Reds 9-7.
Junior League - Twins def. Rays2;
Dodgers def. Yankees 10-9.
Senior League - Nationals def.
Giants 10-0 and Phillies def. Tigers
IN Monday's Tribune, it was incor-
rectly stated that Demetrius Pinder won
the women's 400 metres at the Texas
A&M vs University of Texas Dual
Meet. It should have read that Pinder
won the men's 400 metres.
The Tribune apologises to Pinder for
the error.

In Monday's Tribune, it was stated
that Lee Farmer, who ride on the local
scene as well as Americans Floyd Lan-
dris and Grant Potter failed to finish the
grueling 105 mile road race at the Tour
of the Bahamas on Sunday.
The trio actually finished the race
with Farmer coming in 22nd, Potter
23th and Landris was 32nd. The trio,
however, did not place in the final point
standings that combined the three races,
including the circuit race and time trials
held on Saturday.






Fraternities host charity basketball tourney for Haiti

Senior Sports Reporter

THE Greek Fraternities in the
Bahamas are also joining in the relief
effort to assist the earthquake vic-
tims in Haiti.
The Phi Beta Sigma is organising a
Charity Basketball Tournament that
will include the Alpha's, Q's and
Kappa's on Saturday night at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
DeMario Minus, president of the
Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma,
said all of the black Greek letter
organizations have agreed to come
together and put on the tournament
to help
"These four organizations are very
competitive, always challenging each
other, but this will be a time for them
to come out and show some love
and unity," said Minus, a former bas-
ketball star for the St. Anne's Blue-
"All of us have members of vari-
ous organizations like the New Prov-
idence Basketball Association which
should make it a very competitive
tournament. We have guys as young
as 20-something and guys who are as
old as 50-something, so it should be
very interesting."
The tournament format calls for
two initial games with the two win-
ners advancing to play in the cham-
pionship game and the two losers
will square of in the consolation
Only the championship game will
be played under regulation rules.
All of the other games will be played

using the running time.
It's expected that the Alphas and
the Kappa's will clash in the first
game at 6 p.m. In between the enter-
tainment, the Phi Beta Sigma's will
play the Q's.
The entry fee will be $5.00 for
adults and $2 for children under age
12. All proceeds, including the
income from the concession stand,
will be donated to the Bahamas Red
Cross Society in aid of the Haitian
earthquake relief fund.
Jermaine 'Clutch' Adderley, one
of the members of the organising
committee, said they are also expect-
ed to have some guest entertain-
ment, while the fraternity groups
will put on a step show.
The Rev. Enoch Beckford, His-
torian for the Bahamas fraternity
and a big brother of the Phi Beta
Sigma, is expected on hand to give
his blessing. Rev. Beckford is pastor
of the Mt. Carety Union Baptist
Haitian Pastor France George, a
member of the Mt. Tabor Full
Gospel Baptist Church, will also be
in attendance and will provide an
update on the devastation in Haiti.
"We will have entertainment upon
entertainment, so don't miss this
event because this is not fur us, but
for humanity and our Haitian broth-
ers who are desperately in need,"
said Adderley, an outstanding vol-
leyball player.
"We are all apart of each other, so
we believe that no matter what
colour you are, whatever your ace,
nationality or religion, we all have a
commitment to each other, espe-
cially in a time of need."

PLAYERS are shown above during a scrimmage game at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium as they prepare for Saturday's char-
ity game.

Tour of the

Bahamas will

'benefit the

local sport'

-7. .. Senior Sports Reporter

WHILE they didn't have
a direct involvement in the
organisation of the Tour of
the Bahamas, the Bahamas
Cycling Federation said the
event should definitely bene-
fit the local sport.
"I think we did very well
as far as the local competi-
tors are concerned," said fed-
eration president Roy Cole-
brooke, who pointed out that
there were competitors
entered in every category
except for the females.
"So I think we are doing

extremely well and with this
being a travelling year to the
CAC Games and the Com-
monwealth Games, our guys
are gearing up and are ready
to go. Everybody has inten-
sified their training to ensure
that we make a good showing
at these games."
Colebrooke, who will serve
as the chef de mission for the
Commonwealth Games in
October in India, said the
federation is expected to
select a 4-6 member team to
represent the country.
Barron 'Turbo' Musgrove,
the president of the New
Providence Cycling Associa-
tion, said this should be an
exciting calendar year with
the amount of events they
have scheduled, leading up
to the national team travel.
"For the first time in a long
time, we are going to have
more than 50 cycling events
for the year," he said. "In
addition, the Family Islands
is also going to have their
own events.
"So what this is going to
do is allow the persons who
want to cycle to cycle
because we will have a vari-
ety of races from short to
long, plus we will bring back
the mountain bike racing and
the time trials."

Throughout the year, Mus-
grove said the association
have planned a series of
races for both the competi-
tive and recreational cyclists,
which he said will boost their
"The association, itself, has
taken the attitude to pro-
mote the sport more as a
family oriented sport, so we
intend to get more families
involved and we hope to
bring in more juniors as we
also get them involved,"
Musgrove said.
"We will also be working
with a number of the local
companies in terms of trying
to get them to come out and
stage some events for their
companies as well."
Right now there are a
number of clubs that inter-
ested cyclists can come out
to the one-mile cycling track
at the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex and get involved in.
Those clubs are the JAR,
Potcakes, Warlords and
Brown's United, but Mus-
grove said it's their intention
to try and build another 4-5
clubs before the year is over.
"We figure if we build
more clubs, we can sustain
the sport and get more peo-
ple involved, which will
strengthen the association

and push the federation even
higher," Musgrove pro-
"We just had the Tour of
the Bahamas, which kicked
off our calendar year, but we
hope to travel to the Family
Islands and even invite more
international cyclists from
Florida and even the
Caribbean Islands to come
in and compete in some of
our events."
Musgrove said this will
only help their potential
national team members to be
better prepared for the chal-
lenge that lay ahead when
they do go off to compete on
the international scene.
Tracy Sweeting of the Pot-
cakes Cycling Club said
although he didn't get to fin-
ish the gruelling 70 mile road
race at the Tour of the
Bahamas on Sunday, he felt
it was a learning experience
for him.
"I went out front with the
big boys and I tried to chase
them," said Sweeting, one of
the top local cyclists. "I
should not have done that.
But this just give me more
experience so that when I do
get to compete with them
again, I won't make the same
"I will just stay midway in
the race and let the other

guys do what they have to
do and then I can strike at
the right time. I just lost it
today because I got carried
away and tried to strike too
early and that cost me."
Sweeting, a former dis-
tance runner, said he ended
up just doing about 30 miles
or two laps before he had to
withdraw from the race in
the masters category.
While he didn't finish, a
number of Bahamians actu-
ally did. Turning in the best
performance was Lee
Farmer, who rode in the 105
race for the Pro 1 and 2. He
ended up in 22nd place.
In the Masters 40 category,
event sponsor Mark
Holowesko finished ninth,
while Stephen Holowesko
was 14th and Basil Goulan-
dris was 15th.
Laurence Jupp competed
in the Category 3-4 and was
15th overall. Jay Major, one
the top junior competitors,
also competed in the catego-
ry, but he withdrew after
completing two laps.
Major, however, got third
overall in the junior boys 15-
18 division behind arch-rival
Anthony Colebrooke.
Michael Holowesko was
fourth. Liam Holowesko
ended up third in the juniors
10-14 division.

BRAJAXBA tournament results

BRAJAXBA hosted its first
tournament for the year over
the weekend at the National
Tennis Center. The tourna-
ment focused on players
between the ages of 5-10 and
turned out to be a success with
a lot of new faces competing.
* Here's a look at the results

Kyundra Meadows 4-1
T'Najh Hinsey 4-1
Luke Podlewski 3-2
Zayne Strachan 3-2
Emma Weech 1-4
Berto Black 0-4
Zayne Strachan def. Kyun-
dra Meadows 11-8
Luke Podlewski def. T'Najh
Hinsey 13-11.
Luke Podlewski def. Zayne
Strachan 11-7.

Sidney Clarke 3-1
Tobi Obrewano 3-1
Maya Weech 3-1
Emma Weech 2-2
Berto Black 0-4
Sidney Clarke def Tobi
Obrewano 4-0

Sandeep Gail 2-1
Jacobi Bain 2-1
Bryll Seymour 1-2
Trenton Smith 0-3
Gabby Sastre 2-1
"Mani" Webb 2-1
Kyle Rolle 1-2
Trenton Fowler 1-2

LUKE Podleski celebrates his
victory in the mini-tennis tour-

Sandeep Gail def. "Mani"
Webb 4-1
Jacobi Bain def. Gabby Sas-
tre 4-2.
Sandeep Gail def. Jacobi
Bain 5-3.

Crystal Rolle 3-0
Erica Grant 2-1
Jewel 1-2
Ashely Loibman 0-3
Tyler Strachan 4-0
Jana P 3-1
Kendra Meadows 2-2
Vashti Culmer 1-3
Monique 0-4
Crystal Rolle def. Jana P
Tyler Strachan def. Erica
Grant 4-0.
Crystal Rolle def. Tyler Stra-
chan 4-0.


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Govt to start 'swine flu'

vaccination programme

American Health Organisa-
tion and the Ministry of
Health at a cost of $250,000,
the Government is now
advising the public to check
the newspapers and local
television channels in the
coming days for advice on
where and when, and on
what basis, vaccination injec-
tions will be administered.
Yesterday, Health Minis-
ter Dr Hubert Minnis not-
ed that global health offi-
cials have now determined
that certain people are more
at risk of serious complica-
tions or death as a result of
contracting the H1N1 virus,
and it is those the Bahamas
government will want to
vaccinate first.
Those who fall into this
category are: pregnant
women, infants between the
ages of six months and two,
school-age children between
10 and 19 with underlying
health conditions - such as
asthma and other lung dis-
eases, heart disease, cere-
bral palsy and seizures.
Healthcare workers and
teachers also will be offered
the vaccinations under the
first phase.
"The Government of the
Bahamas has continued to
monitor the impact of the
pandemic of influenza
(H1N1) both worldwide and
within The Bahamas. While
health officials have recent-
ly reported that the number
of new influenza-like ill-
nesses is beginning to
decrease we are still in the
early part of the influenza
season, and we must remain
vigilant in the event that a
third wave occurs later in
the season.
"For this reason we are
strongly recommending that
persons in the at-risk groups
take advantage of the vac-
cination being offered," Dr
Minnis advised during a
press conference to
announce the programme at
the Ministry of Health yes-
"Parents are urged to
have their infants and tod-
dlers vaccinated. It is impor-
tant to remember that in
order to be fully protected
they must receive a second
dose of the vaccine one
month after the first dose.
While health care providers
will make every effort to
schedule return visits, it is
important for parents to
keep the appointment so
that these children are pro-
tected to the greatest extent

possible," he added.
People 10 years and older
will only require one dose
of the vaccines to receive its
full benefit.
The vaccination injection
will be free and offered
through local community
health clinics in New Provi-
dence, Grand Bahama and
the Family Islands.
"Influenza, be it seasonal
or pandemic, does kill hun-
dreds of thousands of per-
sons worldwide every year.
We in the Bahamas are
doing our best to protect our
citizens and residents," said
Dr Minnis.
To date, 41 cases of swine
flu have been detected in
The Bahamas. On the
advice of global health
authorities, officials have
now "stopped counting"
new cases, the Health Min-
ister said yesterday, and are
only testing for it in cases
where people are hospi-
Seeking to assuage any
concerns about health risks
potentially associated with
the vaccine, the Minister
said: "Let me assure you
that the only difference
between this vaccine and the
seasonal influenza vaccine
is the strain of influenza
which is being targeted.
"The manufacturing
process is the same."
Nonetheless, Dr Minnis
did identify two types of per-
son who should necessarily
avoid the vaccine - those
who have had allergic reac-
tions when administered
vaccines previously, and
those who are allergic to
Dr Minnis said another
batch of vaccines are expect-
ed to arrive soon. When this
happens, the programme
will be extended to cover
more Bahamians "as soon
as possible."
However, the Health Min-
ister noted that in other
countries mass purchases of
the vaccines have resulted
in criticisms of wastage of
public funds as the demand
for the protection it provides
waned in the face of signs
that the H1N1 pandemic
was not as serious as first
projected. The Bahamian
government will be seeking
to avoid ending up in the
same situation, he said.
Besides checking local
newspapers and television
stations for updates on
where the vaccine can be
obtained, members of the
public can also contact the
Department of Public

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the Ministry were among those fingerprinted to ascertain
who the author of the letter might have been.
While it may not have any bearing on the police investi-
gation, it should be noted that the Ministry has recently
carried out a restructuring exercise where new personnel
were being brought in from outside the department.
Attempts for an official report from the police were
unsuccessful up to press time last night.






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VICES offering for the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA), which it ini-
tialled yesterday with the
European Union, still awaits
the approval of other
Caribbean nations that have
also signed the agreement,
the minister of state for
finance said yesterday.
Zhivargo Laing told Tri-
bune Business that follow-
ing the signing, implemen-
tation of the Bahamas' ser-
vices offer, which could
allow Bahamians to set up
businesses within European
Union (EU) states, is still
awaiting CARIFORUM
approval. This will come via
the joint EU-CARIFO-
RUM body to oversee the
EPA agreement, which has
yet to be established.
After months of negotia-
tions with the EU and an
extension, which subse-
quently saw the Bahamas
asked to revise its initial ser-
vices offering, the new sub-
mission must still undergo a
review by a council consist-
ing of appointed represen-
tatives from Caribbean
member states also taking
part in the EPA. That coun-
cil has yet to be formed.
According to Mr Laing,
the final services offering,
which was included in the
documentation initialled by
the Government and Euro-
pean Commission officials,
bore a close resemblance to
the Bahamas' National
Investment Policy, which
outlines sectors of the econ-
omy that are exclusively
reserved for Bahamian
Under the EPA, sectors
of the Bahamian economy
will be opened up to Euro-
pean investment, and the
same will be made available
to Bahamians who wish to
expand their firms into the
European market or devel-
op new firms in those coun-
"It means that we have
signed an agreement that
opens the European market
to Bahamian business," said
Mr Laing.
"Those businesses that
want to sell products and
services in those markets
can do so on the basis of the
terms in the agreement."
The Government has
developed a list of service
sectors that will be open to
European investment and
development. However, the
SEE page 3B

Port purchaser 'not

pursuing' St Georges

* Due diligence focusing on 'convincing'
Mid-Atlantic that acquiring Sir Jack's interest
gives it Board/operational control
* Sources say $95m offer made to St George
estate, as PM replies to aspiring buyer

Tribune Business Editor

ness last night, Mr Rosetti
said he would be in Grand
Bahama at the "tail-end of

The potential purchaser of this week" to conduct due
the Hayward family's 50 per diligence on the GBPA/Port
cent Grand Bahama Port Group Ltd in earnest, having
Authority (GBPA) stake last been delayed after being
night said its due diligence caught up in a recent auto
would focus on whether this accident.
would give it "operational He added that Mid-Atlantic
control", adding that it was Projects hoped to complete
"not pursuing" an acquisition its acquisition of the Hayward
of the St George estate's equi- Family Trust's interest by
ty interest. mid-May 2010.
Joe Rosetti, Mid-Atlantic Asked whether Mid-
Projects' senior managing Atlantic Projects was still
director, said failing to acquire seeking to acquire the St
the 50 per cent stake held by George estate's interest,
the late Edward St George's despite its Bahamian attor-
estate would not be fatal to ney, Fred Smith QC, stating
its purchase bid or plans for that his clients will not deal
the GBPA and its Port Group with the company, Mr Roset-
Ltd affiliate, due to the belief ti replied: "We did meet with
that Sir Jack Hayward had them [the estate] at their
management control. request, but we are not pur-
Speaking to Tribune Busi- suing that option at this point.
Auto dealers boosted

by just 25% sales fall
By NEIL HARTNELL * BMDA members urge
Tribune Business Editor

Bahamian auto dealers yes-
terday urged the Government
to reassess the tax brackets
applied to new car imports, as
they sensed signs of a mild turn-
around in buyer demand after
2009 fourth quarter sales only
declined 25.05 per cent against
their 2008 comparatives.
The fourth quarter decline
was less than the almost-30 per
cent year-over-year drop that
Bahamas Motor Dealers Asso-
ciation (BMDA) members
experienced during the 2009
third quarter, leading Fred
Albury, a senior executive with
Executive Motors, to declare:
"I think we've seen the bottom
and are starting to see a bump
"October and November
were a bit rough, but December
and January so far have been
not bad. I think the bottom has
been seen, and we ought to see
a little upward trend.....
"It's going to be slow, but
overall I think 2010 will be bet-
ter than 2009. We think the sec-
ond half will be the better part,
and if most of the months turn
out like January I'll be pretty
Mr Albury said the initial
signs of improved consumer
demand would "help us plan
our inventory levels better".
SEE page 6B

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government to reassess tax
brackets on industry,
arguing that inflation has
rendered lower ones
meaningless, and higher
ones counter to
government's environment
and efficiency policies
* Dealers eye price
increases of anywhere
between 10-15%

"We would be happy, not
most happy, because of Sir
Jack having the operational
control, and there's potential
for more ownership. We'd be
able to get a foothold there,
and start doing what our part-
ners want in terms of addi-
tional investment."
Sir Jack, on the Hayward
Family Trust's behalf,
obtained Board and manage-
ment control at the
GBPA/Port Group Ltd due
to him having similar control
at their holding company,
Cayman-domiciled Intercon-
tinental Diversified Corpora-
tion (IDC).
IDC, in turn, is owned 50
per cent by Seashells Invest-
ments, Sir Jack and the trust's
wholly-owned investment
SEE page 4B


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Hotels 'about

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away from

full recovery

* But BHA president warns industry employment
'one of the casualties' of recession, with sector
unlikely to re-hire many of 2,000-3,000 let go
* Hotels need to get back to 'preferred position'
of close to annual 70% occupancy rate,
compared to last year's 60%
Tribune Business Editor
( . The hotel industry is "about
. ' 18 months away" from a posi-
tion where it can start to
exceed 2008 comparative
numbers, the Bahamas Hotel
Association's (BHA) presi-
dent said yesterday, as he
warned that sector employ-
ment was likely to be "one of
the casualties" of the reces-
Robert Sands, who is also
Baha Mar's senior vice-presi-
dent of external and govern-
mental affairs, said the indus-
try's employment levels were
likely to take much longer to
SEE page 5B

Cruise line mulling

Grand Bahama move

Business Reporter
Celebration Cruise Lines
is mulling whether to switch
its 500-cabin cruise ship
from Nassau to Grand
Bahama, it confirmed yes-
terday, telling Tribune Busi-
ness that a decision has yet
to be made despite US
media reports that it was a
'done deal'.
The official who spoke to
SEE page 7B

* Celebration eyes
switch from Nassau to
Freeport, impacting
Bahamian client base
* Minister sees
potential shift as
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and allowing US visitors
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shareholders of record date
January 15, 2010.
Freeport Holdings (FCL)
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The major stock indexes rose
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man Ben Bernanke, according
to Associated Press.
Investors want a sign that
Bernanke will remain in con-
trol of the Fed because that
would make a big shift in inter-
est rate policy far less likely.
Democratic Sens. Max Bau-
cus of Montana, chairman of
the Senate Finance Committee,
and Dianne Feinstein of Cali-
fornia said Monday they would
support his appointment. Pres-
idential adviser David Axelrod
said Bernanke has enough
votes to be confirmed. Last
week, several Senators
expressed doubt about
Bernanke's reappointment,
which had seemed assured.
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose 24 points after los-
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three days. The Dow skidded
from Wednesday to Friday of
last week as President Barack
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list was not readily avail-
able at the Ministry of
Finance, and will require
Cariforum approval for it
to be released.
Mr Laing said the Gov-
ernment has been busy
revising laws addressing
Customs issue in order to
fully accommodate the aso
EPA, which has a section
governing free trade between the EU and Cariforumt
countries, of which the Bahamas is a part.
He added that there are initial costs involved in the
Bahamas preparing for EPA implementation, though
he could not say how much government would have to
invest in the changes.
"The initialling is a conclusion of the negotiations with
the Europeans," he said. "There has to be a joint Cari-
forum meeting that ratifies this."
Mr Laing alluded to the EPA expanding hospitality
offerings, opening up the Bahamas to more European-
styled resorts that would appeal to a new niche market.
"Europe is the largest contiguous market in the world.
and provides us the opportunity to attract new investment
from Europe," he said.
The private sector will now have permanent repre-
sentation on the Bahamas Trade Commission through the
President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce. Mr
Laing said the positioning of a private sector figure in the
Trade Commission will afford the private sector up-to-
date information on the implementation process.

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counts and special offers
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this program was initially
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vehicle, and the remaining 50
per cent by Fiduciary Man-
agement Services (FMS). Sir
Jack has also obtained

diligence process in a very
committed way at the tail-end
of this week, and going for-
ward the due diligence
process will be on schedule."
If everything went well, Mr
Rosetti said Mid-Atlantic Pro-
jects' acquisition of the Hay-
ward stake would be com-
pleted by mid to end-May


This newspaper had been
told by sources close to devel-
opments surrounding the
GBPA that Mid-Atlantic had
made a tentative, unsigned
$95 million offer to acquire
the St George stake, submit-
ting a list of accompanying
due diligence requirements.
"I don't want to get into
that," Mr Rosetti said, when
pressed by Tribune Business.
"No official offer has been
rendered by me.
"I'm the one that would
render it. There was some dis-
cussion of numbers, but no
specific offer came from us."
Tribune Business also
understands, from informed
sources, that Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham has offi-
cially responded to Mid-
Atlantic Projects' interest via
a letter.
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response was non-committal,
wanting to obtain more
details of who Mid-Atlantic
were, where their financial
backing was coming from, and
their plans for the GBPA,
Freeport and Grand Bahama
- essentially the same general
concerns harboured by
Freeport residents.
"It was a very ambivalent
letter," a source close to the
situation told Tribune Busi-
"It was basically 'push me,
pull me'.
"It was not negative, not
positive. It was not one way or
the other."
Tribune Business was told
that Mid-Atlantic Projects
was viewing the Prime Minis-
ter's letter as a positive, given
that it did not reject its
attempt to buy into the
GBPA/Port Group Ltd.
Mr Rosetti, though, told
Tribune Business that he was
not aware of - and had not
seen - such a letter, although
the auto accident had meant
his involvement was tem-
porarily limited.
As to Mid-Atlantic's plans
for the GBPA and Freeport,
Mr Rosetti said: "We're giv-
ing that a lot of thought, and
hopefully we'll be able to tell
the Prime Minister we're in
the right position to do that."



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recover than occupancies and
room rates, with resort prop-
erties unlikely to re-hire many
of those let-go.
The BHA president's com-
ments are the starkest warn-
ing yet that the estimated
2,000-3,000 hotel industry
workers who lost their jobs in
the run-up to Christmas 2008
and beyond are unlikely to all
regain the same posts when
the hotel industry - and wider
Bahamian economy - sees an
upturn in its financial perfor-
mance. Mr Sands said many
Bahamian resort properties
had generated efficiency gains
from being able to do "more
with less", and going forward
would place the emphasis on
obtaining increased produc-
tivity from their existing
workforce, rather than adding
to staff numbers.
"The employment issue will
take much longer to resolve
and get back to those pre-
recession levels," Mr Sands
told Tribune Business. "We'll
get to where we were on
occupancies and room rates
quicker than to where we
were on employment levels.
"Companies are looking for
increased productivity with
less, but at points in time they
will add to their employee
numbers where business
demand dictates.
"I believe one of the casu-
alties in this whole economic
downturn is that we will not
get back to the same employ-
ment numbers we were at
pre-recession. The employ-
ment of those persons, and
other persons, will be
absorbed by new business
ventures driven by demand
for those businesses."
Following the late 2008
downturn, Mr Sands said
Bahamian resort properties
had placed "a tremendous
amount of effort on enhanc-
ing production with less,
rather than working with
He added: "The 'new nor-
mal' is that it has forced us to
work smarter, employ best
practices allowing us to do
more with less, be creative in
how we attract business and
pay attention to outlays in
terms of operational expenses
in an effort to be more effi-
cient going forward.
"The way we did business a
year ago is changing, even as
we do business today. This
period introduced a whole
new approach in the way we
operate, just to remain
For 2009, New Providence's
14 major hotels achieved an
average monthly occupancy
of 60.9 per cent, compared to
a 63.4 per cent average for
2008. Mr Sands said that to
be "operationally sustain-
able", for most resorts "the
preferred position is closer to
70 per cent".
When asked how close
Bahamas-based resort prop-
erties were to getting back to
pre-recession occupancies and
rates, Mr Sands told Tribune
Business: "I think we're about
a year-and-a-half away -
about 18 months.
"It will take us this year to
gain some ground, the first
quarter of next year to get
back to where we were, and
the mid-quarters to begin to
exceed 2008 numbers."
Data published for the first
eight months of 2008, imme-
diately prior to the Lehman
Brothers bankruptcy and
Wall Street crash, highlights
just how badly the Bahamian
hotel industry was affected
when these figures are set
against their 2009 compara-
tives. For March, which last
year contained the Easter hol-
iday, the average occupancy
rate at the 14 major New
Providence hotels dipped to
69.7 per cent compared to the
previous year's 81.2 per cent.
For the same month, the
average daily room rate
(ADR) fell from $315.41 in
2008 to $269.14 in 2009, with
revenue per available room
(RevPAR) down at $187.51
compared to $256.10 in 2008.
As a consequence, room
revenues declined by 27.9 per
cent year-over-year for March
2009, reflecting a 15.5 per cent
drop in room nights sold and
a 13.5 per cent fall in air
arrivals. March was a slightly
extreme example for the first

eight months in 2009 but,
apart from January and April,
which suffered room revenue
falls year-over-year of 16.8
per cent and 10.6 per cent
respectively, all other months
saw declines in this category
of 21 per cent or more.
The 2009 figures only began

to exceed their comparatives
in September, largely due to
the weakness induced by the
Wall Street collapse, coupled
with fears about hurricanes
impacting the Bahamas.
Still, for the 2009 full-year,
the average RevPAR gener-
ated by major New Provi-
dence hotels fell from $156.29
in 2008 to $138.66 last year,
the year-end turnaround not
enough to compensate for the
performance during the first
three quarters.
Mr Sands said the figures
released by the Ministry of
Tourism and BHA were an
aggregate of all New Provi-
dence-based properties, and
were heavily weighted
towards Atlantis and Kerzner
International's high-end prop-
erties. "I would say that for
most properties, if they can
average on an annual basis
occupancy rates in the mid to
high-60 per cents, and an
average rate in excess of $100
per night, your head should
be above water," he added.
Occupancy rates were, on
average, well below this level
in 2008, holding in the 50-low
60 per cent ranges, and Mr
Sands said that improving this
position and generating
increased demand was the
main priority for most resorts,
as opposed to rates.
The BHA president said
that apart from the recession,
other factors such as the
threat of hurricanes may have
impacted occupancy levels at
a particular point, but he
acknowledged: "We need to

get back to those 2008 aggre-
gate levels, and not judge by
2009. It appears that hotels
are achieving forecasted levels
for this year, which is showing
some growth over last year,
so for the first three weeks
that is a positive indicator.
"2009 was not a year we
want to celebrate in any way,
but it should certainly be a
bottom benchmark for us, not
a ceiling."
Mr Sands said that while
indicators were showing signs
of a turnaround, and that
there could be improvements
"in the third quarter and
fourth quarter of this year",
the Bahamian hotel industry
wanted to see a trend of sus-
tained, monthly occupancy
and room rate increases year-
over-year before pronounc-
ing that a sustained recovery
was occurring.
Many resorts were also
involved in promotions and
other initiatives to stimulate
demand, Mr Sands adding
that a true test of any rebound
would be if it lasted beyond
when this support was
reduced. "Emphasis is being
placed on workplace devel-
opment and customer satis-
faction," the BHA president
added. "Most properties in
the Bahamas have commit-
ted, notwithstanding the soft-
ness of business, to an
approach that they don't want
any customer leaving the des-
tination unhappy. That will
go a long way to retention and
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28TH JANUARY, 2010
No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00005
Whereas LETISHA PANDORA ROLLE, Attorney by Deed of
Power of Attorney for GARY FELIX ROLLE, his Lawful
Daughter of 5000, Juanta Avenue Pierce Florida, 34946, one of
the States of the United States of America has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
of the Real and Personal Estate of SIMEON ROLLE, (a.k.a.
RODNEY SIMEON ROLLE), late of the City of Miami in the
State of Florida, one of the States of the United States of America,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.

28TH JANUARY, 2010
No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00007
Whereas ADRIAN DAVIS, of Sunset Subdivision, Freeport on
the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the son of the deceased has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of ALEX
DAVIS late of Nina Apartment in the City of Freeport on the
Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.

28TH JANUARY, 2010
No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00008
Whereas RODNEY and GRACE LIGHTBOURN, both of the
Southwestern District, New Providence, one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the parents of the deceased has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
the Southwestern District,New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

28TH JANUARY, 2010
No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00009
IN THE ESTATE OF ELINOR FOPPES, late and domiciled of
the county of Morris in the state of New Jersey, one of the states
of the United States of America deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by DESMAR A.
WHITLIELD, of the Eastern District, New Providence one of
the Islands of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-
At-Law, the authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining
the Re-sealing of Letters of Administration (Short Certificate) in
the above estate granted to SHIRLEY B. WHIITENACK, the
Personal Representative of the Estate, Morris County Surrogate's
Court,Morristown, in the state of New Jersey, one of the States
of the United States of America, Probate Division on the 7th day
of February, 2007.

28TH JANUARY, 2010
No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00010
Whereas HARTIS E. PINDER, Attorney by Deed of Power of
Attorney for R HARRY WILSON, of 1904 Coastal Highway,
C-7, Dewey Beach in the state of Delaware 19971, one of the
states of the United States of America but presently of the Settlement
of Gregory Town in the island of Eleuthera has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
with the Will Annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of LEOTA
PINDER, late of The Settlement of James Cistern on the Island
of Eleuthera, one of the islands of The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date hereof.

28TH JANUARY, 2010

No. 2010/PRO/NPR/00011
Whereas LYNN PYFROM HOLOWESKO, Attorney by Deed
of Power of Attorney for LANGHORNE BULLITT SMITH,
the Executor of 271 Keller Point Road in the city of Islesboro in
the state Maine of the states of the United States of America, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed of the Real and
Personal Estate of WILLIAM W. WOLBACH, late of 241
Plantation Road in the town of West Palm Beach in the state of
Florida, one the states of the United States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the
said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.


FROM page 1B
Most Bahamas-based new car
dealers ordered their new
inventory four to five months in
advance of when they needed
the vehicles on their lots, most,
"with the exception of one or
two", having allowed stock to
run relatively low in order to
avoid having an over-supply on
their lots.
"Now, having fresh invento-
ry coming in, that in and of
itself will help government rev-
enues considerably, because
auto revenues represent a con-
siderable chunk of import tax-
es," Mr Albury said.
However, both he and Rick
Lowe, Nassau Motor Compa-
ny's (NMC) operations manag-
er, told Tribune Business that
the Government should re-
assess the various tax bands
applied to new car imports,
explaining that inflation and
price increases meant that no
models were in the lower
"The BMDA has requested
in the past that the Govern-
ment revisit the duty bands,"
Mr Lowe said. "All those cars
that fell into the lowest band
in the early 1990s, when the tax
policy was implemented, are
now out of that range due to
"It may be time for the Gov-
ernment to reassess that, espe-

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cially if they want to get people
into more environmentally-
friendly, fuel efficient cars."
These vehicles are relatively
more expensive, falling into the
75 per cent and 85 per cent
import duty brackets, which
increases their costs and actu-
ally runs counter to the Gov-
ernment's fuel efficiency and
environmental policies.
"The BMDA has asked them
to consider that in the past, but
they haven't done so for what-
ever reason," Mr Lowe told
Tribune Business. "With the
way the country's revenues are
going, I don't think they'd even
consider it, because they're so
desperate for revenue."
The US dollar's weakness on
the international currency mar-
kets has exacerbated this situa-
tion, forcing Bahamian new
auto dealers to pay more for
their vehicles, costs that will
ultimately be passed on to the
Mr Lowe said Nassau Motor
Company was looking at 15 per
cent price increases "in some
cases" on the models it was set
to sell in 2010, while Mr Albury
said Executive Motors was
looking at 10-12 per cent price
increases on their Japanese
auto brands.

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These price increases also
have the effect of pushing some
imported models into higher
import duty brackets, increasing
costs for Bahamian auto dealers
who, in turn, pass them on to
the consumer.
"There will be price increas-
es," Mr Albury told Tribune
Business. "I would say, from
what I've seen in the last 15
months and what I anticipate
in the market to March, [there
will be] about 10-12 per cent
increases on Japanese brands."
He added that Executive
Motors had already seen the
tax implications of such price
increases, the Toyota runner
having gone from the 60 per
cent band in 2008 to the 75 per
cent and 85 per cent tax brack-
ets. "That's an area the Gov-
ernment might need to look at,
in that it's not reviewed those
tax brackets since they were
implemented in the early 1990s,
and make allowances for infla-
tion and increases in prices,"
Mr Albury said.
"What I'd like to see is one
standard level across the
board." He explained that this
would encourage consumers,
presently restricted by high tax-
es - and subsequent prices - to
purchase more expensive vehi-
cles, as a 65 per cent duty rate
would be more favourable than
75 per cent or 85 per cent.
Mr Albury added that the
Government also needed to
examine incentives to encour-

age Bahamians to purchase
smaller engine, more fuel effi-
cient cars. Despite being less
expensive than other models,
Bahamians were still purchas-
ing large engine cars.
The Executive Motors offi-
cial said Bahamian motor deal-
ers had to find their niche,
adding that sales to the taxi dri-
ver and jitney market had
helped the company to "weath-
er the storm". It had also "put
tremendous effort" into its ser-
vice and parts departments,
believing an opportunity had
existed to gamer business there.
Meanwhile, Mr Lowe said
there were signs that new car
sales had "stabilised", despite
"definitely seeing increases" in
prices for all Nassau Motor
Company (NMC) models -
something that would require
consumers to come up with
greater downpayments.
"Everyone expects stable or
very little growth over the next
year," Mr Lowe said. Adding
that it was likely to be this way
for some time, he said: "It's
probably in the long-term,
medium-term before numbers
get back to where they were.
A lot of people have suffered.
"There appears to have been
some levelling off at the end of
the year. Hopefully, it will stay
level or there will be a slight
increase. It seems to be stable
from the numbers I'm looking
Mr Lowe added that many
BMDA members were not
replacing terminated or retired

Temple Christian High School

Temple Christian High School will hold
its Entrance Examination on SATURDAY,
FEBRUARY 6th, 2010 at the school on
Shirley Street from 8:00a.m. - 12noon for
students wishing to enter grades, 7,8,9 and

Application forms are available at the High
School Office. The application fee is twenty
five dollars ($25.00). Application forms
should be completed and returned to the
school by Friday, February 5th, 2010.

For further information please


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Cruise line mulling

Grand Bahama move

FROM page 1B

Tribune Business said "peo-
ple have been jumping the
gun" on reports in the Palm
Beach Post that it planned
to move its home base from
Fort Lauderdale to that city,
and switch its Bahamas port
of call from Nassau to
However, minister of
tourism and aviation, Vin-
cent Vanderpool-Wallace,
yesterday touted the Cele-
bration move, saying it will
mean a great deal of possi-
bilities for Grand Bahama's
struggling tourism industry.
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace

said the Government has
considered the benefits of a
car-carrying cruise vessel
that could transport vehicles
form the US to Grand
Bahama for the duration of
a guest's stay. However, he
said the law regarding this
was still being reviewed.
"We have the opportunity
to be able to resume a busi-
ness we had a few decades
ago, with cars coming and
driving around," said Mr
He added that the Cele-
bration's move was part of
the move to focus more on
Grand Bahama.
According to the Palm




TAKE NOTICE that the Board of
with the Bahamas International Securities
Exchange for an extension to report the
September 30, 2009 audited financial.
This extension request was due to additional
work required as a result of the change in
auditors. The extension has been granted
to March 8, 2010 and audited financial
statements will be published in two major
newspapers on or before that date.

Ivylyn Cassar


Legal Notice

(No. 45 of 2000 Section 138)

I, DELLEREESE M. GRANT, Assistant Registrar General of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, do hereby certify, pursuant to the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000 Section 137)
that the requirements of the said Act in respect of dissolution were
complied with by QUQON INVESTMENTS LTD.

An International Business Company and that accordingly the said
Company is dissolves this 18th day of December, 2009.

Given under ny hand and seal at Nassau in
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas this day
of December, 2009.

Assistant Registrar General

Beach Post, the cruise line
plans to move its home port
to Palm Beach, which would
bring it closer to where the
majority of its US client base
resides, Orlando.
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
said this would bring the
ship closer to a large client
base. Palm Beach also has
a community of high net
worth and retirement age
Though the Minster
acknowledged that Celebra-
tion's Bahamian and Nas-
sau-based client base, which
has taken advantage of the
ship's 10 bag limit to accom-
modate their shopping
needs, will be impacted by
the move, he is confident
there could be a boost to
stopover visitors for Grand
The Palm Beach Post also
reported that the Celebra-

tion cruises will develop two,
four, and six night packages
with Our Lucaya, starting at
$150 per person for a double
occupancy room.
The article insists that the
Celebration's move to Palm
Beach had been sealed, with
the Port Commissioner hail-
ing the deal, "which comes a
decade after the Port of
Palm Beach broke ground
on a passenger cruise termi-
nal that cost more than $26
million, but has sat largely
unused ever since".



behndth nws

NOTICE is hereby given that ESSANCIEL VALNOR of Coral
Reef Estate #3, House #68, FREEPORT, GRAND
BAHAMA, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and thatany personwho knows any reasonwhy registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 26th day of JANUARY,
2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that DORILIEN HOMERE of Coral Reef
Estate #3, House #68, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 26th day of JANUARY, 2010
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Common Law & Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF that parcel or tract of
land being Lot No. 18 of the Hopetown Point
Development situate approximately one (1) mile
North of Hope Town Point on Elbow Cay one of the
Abaco Cays in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas


IN THE MATTER OF The Petition of Richard
Elliott and Mary Elliott under the Quieting Titles
Act, 1959.


The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

The Petition of Richard Elliott and Mary Elliott
both of South Beloit, Illinois one of the States of
the United States of America in respect of:

ALL THAT parcel or tract of land being Lot
No. 18 of the Hopetown Point Development
situate approximately one (1) mile North of
Hope Town Point on Little Elbow Cay one of
the Abaco Cays in the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas which said piece parcel or lot of land
is bounded on the North by Lot Number 63
and running thereon One Hundred and Thirty
Two and Fifty-six hundredths feet (132.56')
on the East by a road reservation Twenty (20)
feet wide called and known as Lobsterpot Lane
and running thereon One Hundred and Thirty
feet (130') on the South by Lot Number 19
and running thereon One hundred and Forty-
nine feet (149') more or less and on the West
by Nathan's Bay and running thereon One
Hundred and Six and Thirty-seven hundredths
(106.37') feet which said piece parcel or tract of
land has such position shape boundaries marks
and dimensions as are shown on the diagram or
plan filed in this matter and is thereon edged in

Richard Elliott and Mary Elliott claim to be the
owners in fee simple in possession of the said
land free from encumbrances and have made
an application to the Supreme Court in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under section
3 of The Quieting Title Act, 1959 to have their
title to the said land investigated and the nature
and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in
accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

A plan of the said land may be inspected during
normal office hours in the following places:-
(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court in
the said City of Nassau
(b) The Chambers ofE.P. Toothe &
Associates, in the city of Nassau,
Attorneys for the Petitioners
(c) The Office of the Commissioner at
Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person
having an Adverse Claim or a claim not
recognized in the Petition shall on or before
the 12th day of March, A.D., 2010 file in the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioners or
the undersigned a statement of his claim in the
prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit to be
file therewith. Failure of any such person to file
and serve a statement of his claim on or before
the said 12th March, A.D., 2010 will operate as
a bar to such claim.

Dated this 19th day of January A.D., 2010

Attorneys for the Petitioners
Suite 104A, Saffrey Square
Bank Lane & East Street
P.O. Box N-9306
Nassau, Bahamas





Notice is hereby given that the voluntary dissolution of the
above company commenced on the 22nd day of January,
2010. Articles of Dissolution have been duly registered
by the Registrar General's office, P.O. Box N-532, 50
Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas. The Liquidator is A.J.K.
Corporate Services (Bahamas) Limited, whose address is
Suite 11, Bayparl Building, 18 Parliament Street, P.O. Box
AP59205/3352, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Legal Notice

(No. 45 of 2000 Section 138)

I, DELLEREESE M. GRANT, Assistant Registrar General of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, do hereby certify, pursuant to the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000 Section 137)
that the requirements of the said Act in respect of dissolution were
complied with by DARE INVESTORS LIMITED.

An International Business Company and that accordingly the said
Company is dissolves this 18th day of December, 2009.

Given under ny hand and seal at Nassau in
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas this day
of December, 2009.

Assistant Registrar General

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E. '-LL E-I* RIE INDEN *TLO'E _E 1 -'= 1 i i iCr - -,' i -- IC i - ' i | TD -, 1 ii TD - -,'-
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield.
1 49 1 03 AML Foods Limited 1 16 1 14 -0 02 6,000 0 283 0000 40 0 00%
1075 990 Bahamas Property Fund 1074 1074 000 0992 0200 108 1 86%
700 577 Bank of Bahamas 590 590 000 0244 0260 242 441%
063 063 Benchmark 063 063 000 0877 0000 N/M 000%
349 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 000 0168 0090 188 286%
215 214 Fidelity Bank 237 237 000 0055 0040 431 169%
1395 963 Cable Bahamas 1000 1000 000 1406 0250 71 250%
2 88 272 Colina Holdings 272 272 000 0249 0 040 109 1 47%
7 00 500 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 700 700 000 0419 0300 167 429%
65 221 Consolidated Water BDIRs 260 258 0 02 0111 0052 232 202%
2 55 1 32 Doctors Hospital 255 255 000 0627 0080 41 314%
780 5 94 Famguard 649 649 000 0420 0240 155 370%
1 1 so 875 F=nco 928 928 000 0322 0520 288 560%
1045 980 FrstCarbbean Bank 999 999 000 0631 0350 158 350%
553 375 Focol (S) 477 477 000 0326 0150 146 314%
100 100 Focol Class B Preference 100 100 000 0000 0000 N/M 000%
0 30 027 Freeport Concrete O 027 027 000 0035 0000 77 000%
613 500 lCD Utilities 559 559 000 0407 0500 137 894%
1050 995 J S Johnson 995 995 000 0952 0640 105 643%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 000 0156 0000 641 0 00%
BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing b ases)
52wk-H 52wk- Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Dally Vol Interest Maturity
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 10000 0 00 7% 19 October 2017
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 10000 0 00 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
100000 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 10000 0 00 7% 30 May 2013
100000 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 10000 0 00 Prime + 1 75% 29 May 2015
Fidelity Over-The- Counter Secu rifles
52wkJ-J.i 52wk-.Low Symbol Bid . Ask S- Last Prile Weekly Vo.L EPS $ Div P/E Yield
1460 792 Bahamas Supermarkets 10 06 11 06 1400 -2 246 0 000 N/M 0 00%
8 00 6 O0 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 2 00 625 400 0 000 0 480 N/M 7 80%
054 020 RDHoldings 035 0 40 0 35 0 001 0 000 2566 0o 00%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
41 00 2900 ABDAB 3013 31 59 2900 4540 0000 903 0 00%
055 040 RND Holdings 0 45 055 055 0 002 0 000 261 90 0 00%
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
52wk-Hi 52wk- Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield % NAV Date
1 4387 1 3535 CFAL Bond Fund 1 4387 630 630 31-Dec-09
28869 28266 CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 28869 1 81 1 81 31 Dec 09
1 5101 1 4356 CFAL Money Market Fund 1 5101 017 518 15-Jan-10
3 3201 2 9343 Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3 1168 -7 94 -7 94 31-Dec-09
13 2400 12 6816 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13 2400 4 93 5 90 31- Oct-09
103 9873 93 1999 CFAL Global Bond Fund 103 9873 341 341 31 Dec-09
101 7254 96 4070 CFAL Global Equity Fund 101 7254 5 52 552 31-Dec09
FG Financial Preferred Incoe Fund 1 0898 522 5 22 9-Dec-09
1 0680 1 0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1 0680 339 339 9-Dec-09
1 0907 1 0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1 0907 515 515 9-Dec-09
9 5795 9 1005 Royal F1dehty Bah In'l Investment Fund 9 5795 5 33 5 33 31-Dec-09
11 2361 10 0000 Royal F1dehty Bah Int' Investlent Fund 11 2361 12 36 12 36 31-Dec-09
77171 48105 Royal F-de-ty In-l Fund Equities Sub Fund 7 7171 40 05 40 05 31-Dec-09
BIS ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 100000 YIELD I last 12 onth dividends divided by closing pnce
52wk-HI - Highest closing pnce in last 52 weeks Bid $ -Buying pnce of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling pnce of Colina and fidelity
Preous close Previous days weighted pce for daly volue Last Prce - Last traded overthe counter pnce
Today close -Current day's weighted price for daIly volume Weekly Vol T1 ;adng volume of the pror week
change change in closing price fto dayto day EPS $ -A company's reported eamings per share for the last 12 -ths.
Daly Vol Nuber of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 onths N/M - Not Meaningful
P/E - losing pnce divided by the last 1 2 month ea ings FINDEX - The Fidelity ahamas Stock Index January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) 4 tfor1 Stock Split Efective Date 8/8/2007
(S1) - -for1 Stock Spit Efective Date 7/11/2007
TO TRAE CALL: cFA-L 242-50 -70-10 I ROYAL.FIDELI.TY 242-356-7764 I FO CAPITAL MARKETS 242-'396-4000 I COLONIAL 242-502-7525








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cons of


MANY persons desperate to lose
weight are turning to diet pills
instead of exercise to shed unwanted
Ads for quick fix products promise to revi-
talise energy and help users become happier
healthy people. But can they really deliver, and
help one to lose those extra pounds and main-
tain their new body weight?
Andrew Chan health coach and fitness man-
ager at Jemi Health & Wellness Center told
Tribune Health that he frowns on the idea of
using these anti-obesity drugs to help with
weight loss, since the best way to shed those
pounds is to do it naturally.
"I don't believe in diet pills at all. And I will
not encourage anyone to take diet pills," he
When these pills are taken, they work by
increasing the heart rate he said.
"Most diet pills have ingredients that speed
up the heart rate. So for instance if a person is
already overweight this mean that their heart is
already beating at a slightly abnormal level,
and taking the pills on top of that causes the
heart to speed about two times faster," he
"Also exercising alone increases the heart
rate, so exercising on top of an already increased
heart rate can cause serious problems."
When this pressure increases on the heart, Mr
Chan explained that it can and has resulted in a
heart attack.
An online article published by
on May 1, 2009 titled "FDA warns dieters: Stop
Hydroxycut use now" reported that US gov-
ernment officials warned dieters to immedi-
ately stop the use of the popular diet pill since
it had been linked to cases such as serious liver
problems and caused at least one death.
"That was not even the first time Hydroxycut
had been recalled. When the manufacturers
first introduced Hydroxycut it was recalled
because there were so many complaints from
persons saying they have been experiencing
heart attacks.
"When the pills were recalled the first time
they changed the formula, and then it was

recalled for a second time, which shows that
there is something wrong with using them," Mr
Chan said.
Some people who are struggling with weight
loss, become ecstatic when they hear of per-
sonal testimonies from friends or family mem-
bers who have taken diet pills. And while these
drugs can work in some instances, its not as
simple as taking a pill and waking up the next
morning ten pounds lighter.
"In life when you want to reach a goal you
must work for it, you can't sit around do noth-
ing and expect to get everything handed to you
on a silver platter. This is the same way with
weight loss, even if you take the pills it must be
accompanied by proper diet and exercise which
in fact will cause you to lose the weight even if
you don't take them," Mr Chan said.
And since the pills contain ingredients like
caffeine, there is a possibility that dependency
can occur when a person ceases to take the
And what people may not know is that diet
pills have side effects as well. They may come in
the form of mood swings, heart problems, kid-
ney problems, potential dependency, and
metabolism disruption just to name a few.
"The side effects that are associated the use of
the pills is even worse than the weight problem
one might have," Mr Chan said.
He said if persons insist on taking the pills,
they should consult with a physician before-
And although dealing with a weight prob-
lem might be a difficult task, Mr Chan said that
you can never go wrong with proper diet and
"Its just that simple and it is a lifestyle process
that persons must adapt, you cannot just exer-
cise to lose the weight because after you lose the
weight and stop exercising, pounds will return.
But the important thing to remember is that
things take time, and it might take a much
longer time doing it the natural way, in the end
you won't have nothing to worry about," he
"So go to a doctor get a full body examina-
tion, and then seek a nutritionist, or a fitness
personnel. Make time for the important things
in your life and then you will see the changes
beginning to occur.



. .... .......







The Rewards

THE suggestion that there are
'rewards' attached to sex may trouble
some people. It makes it sound so
cold, calculating and heartless. But
surely no one would disagree that
the first reward is to be able to
express our love and to feel it in
return. It is by savoring the scent,
and the movement of energy passing
from one to the other, that allows us
to feel love and acceptance. It is nat-
ural and nature's way of allowing us
to demonstrate our feelings both ver-
bally and non- verbally. Isn't that
what we have grown to believe from
romantic dreams and novels? The
love making that brings two lovers
together to reach that pinnacle of
unified love.
We are surprised then when we
later hear that men primarily have
sex for pleasure and women for
love? Does that mean that men have
it 'just for fun' and we can not guar-
antee the love? Are women not sup-
posed to enjoy sex at the same time
as showing love? Which is more
accurate the romantic imagery or
the other that doesn't quite sound
like love? So many mixed messages
contribute to an already complex set
of emotions.
The fact that sex can work as
relaxation, a distraction, and just
plain 'feels good' is a bonus. Due to
the rise in mood receptors in our
brain it is often used as a comfort
and coping mechanism for some
people. The warm fuzzy feelings in
the afterglow undoubtedly add to
seeing yourself and your partner in a
positive light.
The saying 'use it or lose it' rings
true, particularly for post menopausal
women. The increased blood flow to
the pelvic region during sexual


arousal enhances blood to the arter-
ies and genital tissues. If left to Moth-
er Nature the vagina would shorten
and the tissue would become thin-
ner and drier, due to lose of estrogen.
The byproduct of that can be pain
and irritation on intercourse. There
are topical products to counteract
this problem, but if we can help our-
selves we can prolong one more
change to our aging bodies.
Studies to see if women live longer
if sexually active have been difficult
to assess due to additional medical
problems. However, medical pro-
fessionals know that anything that
keeps us physically active ,and gives
emotional gratification, can only add
to our overall health.
The physical feeling of fullness,
tingling and throbbing in the pelvic
area, when sexually aroused, lets us
know we are 'turned on'. It reas-
sures us we are healthy and every-
thing is working to order. We quick-
ly learn that sex will relieve the
increasing tension. It is interesting
to note that women need 'a release'
just like men.
A great deal of women's pleasure
,and motivation to have sex, is for
one of the ultimate prizes -the Big 0.
Unlike men we are blessed with our
own 'pleasure organ', the clitoris.
Additionally, we have a thickened
area, full of nerve endings, about 2"

in on the front wall of th. ...iiij
called the G-spot. Whether \.'r .,rc
able to achieve either type o:' -. _.,i .
or both, adds a dimension I, .'r
love making which can bc tL I I r
developed over the years. I ii *. [i \
achieved by knowing you' I'...I\.
understanding what position I 1111111-
lation and level of arousal w ill .,!, I.
an orgasm to come to you. A Ii. .iii
chasing an orgasm is ofil. i n II
defeating. Learning how i* t !.,\
and letting it come to you," All *|I. ii
a whole new world of please .
Today's women have sex !.1 pi ...-
sure, plus they have the l.i\ii!\ *I
choosing an appropriate timn i, o [i-
ceive. As we close this di c,,.,%rI
today we need to acknowkl-.l. ii.
ultimate reward, which is iI.. ci.-
ation of a new life. From 1!,i .,i i
time of ovulation, and the cli..-i.s
within a woman's body to i"ci..,.i
the opportunity for concept i , ..
miracle in itself. Then, the ii'c .l. il'..
journey of healthy sperm, d ..i. IMkl
in the vagina, making thei! .i\ ',
join a healthy egg and the fo! i,., 1i. i
of an embryo. Without a d. ni'i Ii,
greatest reward has to be oii ii..n-
tiful children and the passi"n- -[ n -I
our genes to future generate' .M.i

* Today marks the first year anniver-
sary of the Loving Relationships col-
umn written by Margaret Bain.
She is an individual and coupi:e ieii-
tionship therapist. She is a regci-rle ed
nurse and a certified clinical se, [lrewa-
pist. For appointments call 364-722?.0
or e-mail her at oi
She is also available for speal, iri

ByGadne Jc

THE shooting star bears spectacular flowers that, alas, last for only three or four weeks.

Fireworks display in the garden

FROM the middle of January to
the middle of February the shoot-
ing star tree (Clerodendrum
quadriloculare) puts on its magnifi-
cent display that resembles an explo-
sion of fireworks.
A shooting star tree in full bloom
is one of the most magnificent of all
plants. Alas, like many real firework
shows, the display is all too brief.
In the Marsh Harbour area of
Abaco there were perhaps two or
three clerodendrums; now there are
hundreds. Not only are they attrac-
tive trees, they are easy to propa-
gate from root suckers.
So easy, in fact, that the owner
has to take great care that a mini
forest of clerodendrums does not
take hold.
When not blooming, the clero-
dendrum is a very attractive shrub
growing to about 10 feet.
The elongated leaves are coarse
and able to withstand drought quite
well, green on the top surface and
purple below.
A slight breeze causes the pre-
dominantly green-showing leaves to
flash glimpses of purple, a lovely
It is the flowers that stun, howev-
er. They produce masses of flowers
that terminate in petals that turn
back on themselves.
Another descriptive name for the
clerodendrum is starburst.
The virtue of easy propagation
may very well be a negative factor.
Were the plant to transfer to the
wild it would propagate so easily that
it may become an invasive species.

Care should be taken if children
are around because the plant is poi-
If you have a clerodendrum I
would suggest you remove and
destroy root suckers as they appear.
Do not leave the chore for too
long as, once established, the suckers
are hard to get out of the ground.
Clerodendrum quadliloculare
grows best in full sun or partial dap-
pled shade and is very undemanding
as to soil type or general mainte-
Avoid pruning the tree after Octo-
ber as this will interfere with the
tree's blooming cycle.
The record warm temperatures of
December gave way to an extended
cool period during the first two
weeks of January.
Nothing, except for fire, affects
the foliage of plants more than the
Those cold breezes of early Janu-
ary ripped banana leaves to shreds
and then turned them yellow.
My young breadfruit tree is look-
ing positively anaemic and the young
mango and longan leaves are suffer-
Several fruit trees shed their leaves
in early winter and these are more
able to cope with the debilitating
effects of the wind.
In my first article of the new year
I should have mentioned that Janu-
ary is a good month to plant onion
Onions respond to the length of
each day and grow better and bulb
fatter when the days are growing

I do not grow bulbing onions but
scallions and other forms of non-
bulbing onions also do better after
December than before.
Winter is a fine time to start
growing Irish potatoes. You will
find that those sold in stores are
developing clusters of 'eyes' and
these can be cut away from the
potato and planted independent-
Allow the slips containing eyes
to dry for a few days and then dip
each into a very weak solution of
Plant your slips bud-side up
about five inches deep after ensur-
ing that the soil below has been
well worked over.
Leave the hole open and add soil
little by little as stalks grow from
the slips. Mound the soil around
the base of the plant once the
foliage is well above ground.
Within two to three months the
foliage will begin to die off. This is
harvesting time.
If your potatoes are on the small
side you are blessed with 'new'
potatoes, a gastronomic gem.
I find that the red varieties of
potato from the supermarket are
the most reliable producers but it
also makes sense to try some of
the more exotic and expensive
potatoes like Klondike purple and

* For any comments or questions con-




Preventing anti-social behavior:

What is the first step?

"Around the world, Life-Skills
Education is being adopted as a
means to empower young people. -
in challenging situations. It is an
interactive process that supports*
the adoption of healthy behav-

There is no question that young their emotions etc.
adults are facing considerable Life is a multifaceted experi-
amount of challenges to their ence where things are always
healthy development, changing. Without essential life-
When it comes to the issue of skills, it will be struggle for them to
anti-social behavior there seems take their rightful place and suc-
to be no real dialogue regarding cessfully achieve their dreams
ways in which it can be prevented. goals and aspirations.
Most adults seem to have taken
the position that this behaviour is FINAL THOUGHTS...
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died after it has developed; rather need a new formula. Every chilc
than before. As such, solutions has the right and deserves the
thus far have been reactive at best. chance to learn, grow and develop
And so despite the many young into the person that they desire tc
people that are systematically become.
locked away from mainstream When a child feels confident
society, acts of anti-social behavior about who they are, about their
continue; as more young adults fall skills and their ability to manage
into similar patterns, themselves, they are less likely to
What is the ultimate objective develop an anti-social disposition
of this process? We however must ensure thai
ARE THEY ADEQUATELY they are exposed to those essential
PREPARED-? skills that aptly prepare them for
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We are taught that prevention Academic intelligence alone is
is better than cure. When it comes no longer sufficient To thrive i
to the social development of our the real world, demands life-skill
young adults; are they prepared that build confidence and sense ol
to prevent? Do they possess the self
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Traditional education focuses tionally recognized as an essential
mainly on academic intelligence; opponent for healthy develop
which is measured by the passing meant of oun adults.
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How do we assess their view of preparation by enrollng them it
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life often harsh realities. It pro-
looking for answers and solutions videos them with dynamic socio-
outside themselves,. cognitive skills and concepts thai
This habit of looking outward inspire their interest in learning
rather than inward is passed on to and promotes the adoption of pos
our children; and just like the itive behaviors.
adults, children learn to compare Now is the time to provide them
themselves with others and in most with skills that will enable the
cases they judge themselves to create their future as the
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This feeds low self-esteem, lack Get up and make something bet
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Bahamian woman in Japan

For one year and three months I had
the opportunity to live and work in
Tokushima, Japan. I worked as an
English Language Coordinator at Seiko
Gakuen for children ages three to six.
Join me as I explore the land of the
rising sun from a Bahamian's perspec-


Being in a typhoon here is a com-
pletely different world from a hur-
ricane in the Caribbean, (a hurri-
cane and typhoon are the same
thing they just called it a different
name here). At home there is traf-
fic jam for hours and you can see
plywood on the back of every car.
The food stores are full and a tin of
corn beef goes up to almost 9 dol-
lars. People get off from work on
Wednesday to get ready for a hur-
ricane on Saturday.
In Japan it is totally different.
Nobody seems to really care and it
is business as usual even if it is a
Category 4 hurricane. I told my
coworkers that I have to go buy
some candles and water for the
storm and they all looked at me if I
was crazy. I probably made them
think that we live in trees. But I
explained to them this is how we
prepare for a storm. As I type this
paragraph there is a hurricane out-
side. Yes a hurricane (typhoon) and
I am at work in the summer with
no kids it's like a ghost town.
In the Bahamas, if it rains too
hard we go to work late if we even
go at all. In Spain, we get sent home
for 3 hours to sleep everyday in the
afternoon. In France, if a holiday
falls on a Wednesday you would
often get Thursday and Friday off.
In Canada, if it snows too hard
everything shuts down.
Not here. Be it rain, snow, sleet,
monsoon, typhoon or earthquake

your behind has to come to work.
This is probably why Japan has the
world's second largest economy.

Last month I took part in an Iron
Chef competition where they put
you with random people in a team;
give you a certain amount of money
and time (2 hours) and everyone
has to cook using the same surprise
We were able to bring a secret
ingredient from our home kitchen
but of course I don't cook so I did-
n't have anything special to bring.
Unfortunately I didn't inherit the
Cynthia- Marietta cooking gene
(they were my grandmothers). I fig-
ured that I would be paired with
someone who brought something
but we were all in our twenties liv-
ing alone and not chefs. The secret
ingredient was eggplant. I have nev-
er eaten eggplant.
So I did what any Bahamian
would do when forced to cook
something and they have no idea
what to do. Bought typical Bahami-
an ingredients and I put some oil
in the pot and fried down some
onions, green peppers, garlic and
tomato paste and fried that egg-
plant down.
Everyone said how good it
smelled. Hahahaha. Next we added
some salt, some soy sauce and some
other Japanese thing and put cheese
on the top. Boiled some cabbage
and stuffed the cabbage with the
eggplant creation. To hold it togeth-
er we put toothpicks on top with
red and yellow pepper and little

Japanese flags.
The taste was actually not bad.
It was actually pretty good everyone
liked it and we won the prize for
the most original. It's amazing what
you can do with a little imagination
and tomato paste.


If you like cheap beer and ciga-
rettes Japan is the place for you.
You don't have to go to the bar or to
the newspaper stand if you want to
buy cigarettes or beer. You they
have them right there for you in the
vending machines. They even sell
hot dogs. But who would want to
buy a hotdog from the vending
machine? Only God knows how long
its been there.
I first asked my coworkers if they
have a problem with underage drink-
ing and smoking seeing as they are
so readily available with no police
officers checking your ID. They were
like nope not at all. If you have
something so easily accessible the
need to have it disappears.
Maybe that is what they should
do in North America demystify the
need to drink. When I was 8 my dad
let me taste his Guinness so I would-
n't feel as though I had to sneak a
drink when I got older. The first time
I had it I remembered that it tasted
like something died in my mouth.
And I thought if alcohol is an
acquired taste why would you want
to drink something that taste bad
until you like it? Didn't make any
sense to me at 8 and honestly still
doesn't make that much more sense
at now. My dad method worked. To
this day I can't stand the taste or
smell of Guinness.

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TI i E 4 ) A Y

RIHANNA inspired
mohawks streaked with
gold, asymmetrical bob-
cuts with blonde highlights, and
edgy chic razor cuts are just a
few of the hot looks that are in
full effect for 2010.
And these are among the most popular
hairstyles that Bahamian women are test
Once upon a time, it was difficult to find
women "rockin" colours like pink, blue or
blonde, but now they are stepping out of
their comfort zones, walking out in confi-
dence, and embracing their sexy, mix-and
matching colors, and showing off their huge
personalities at the same time.
Most women will probably say "h yU I
clothes my hair is more important."
However most women can agree that
when the hair is shaped into the perfect style
that accentuates the physical structure of
the face, it adds to the outer beauty of the
Though fashion and hair magazines are
filled with sexy sleek styles, it is important for
women to select a hairdo that actually fits the
There are some cuts and hairstyles that
might look great on one person, and not so
good on another, so it is important to choose
a style and hair colour that compliments
facial structure and skin tone.
Tribune Woman spoke to a few of the
local stylists who gave their take on the most

. 4 N ' i 4 1<

2o 2 11 II

requested hairdos and got the "411" on the
latest psychedelic crazes in hair trends.
Rhonda Cartwright at "Hair Works: Paul
Mitchell Salon for Women and Men" said
women are being more creative and incor-
porating their own flavour into hairstyles.
And in a fast paced society where every-
one is on the "go", women are aiming for a
look that is easy and more convenient she
"Basically women are wearing styles like
the bob cuts that are very easy to maintain. It

front caps, wraps, and Rihanna inspired
"When it comes to the mohawk there are
a variety of textures that are very popular.
But of all the soft, and curly mohawks are the
most popular. These looks give the style a
more elegant feel to the hair," Ms Bain told
Tribune Woman.
"And although the lace front caps have
been in style for nearly two years, they are
still very hot today. Women are especially
wearing the lace front caps in long and wavy,

Jasically women aMe wearing styles like te bob

cuts that ame ve> easy to maintain. t allows

f eedom and fexibiity when it comes to styling.
- Rhonda Cartwright

allows freedom and flexibility when it comes
to styling," she said.
Bob cuts are being spruced up with bangs
as they add that extra edge to the look. But
if you opt for a bang make sure it suits the
face, and the cut.
"There are much variations in the bob
cuts, there are some where the sides are
longer than the rest of the hair, and there are
some that are layered, it is whatever the per-
son wants," she said.
At the Finesse Barber and Beauty Salon
owner Margo Bain said some of the most
popular styles she has seen are the laced

short and sleek styles. You can basically do
anything with them and they last very long."
At Nubian Natural Hair Salon Kay Joseph
hairstylist said they have been seeing a num-
ber of popular trends in natural hairstyles.
"We have been seeing women wearing
their natural hair in dreadlocks, and people
have also been wearing this style in weaves.
Also the twist are very popular streaked with
a different colour is also very common as
well," she said.
Hair trends are ever- changing and choos-
ing a new hairdo and colour can make you
feel beautiful inside and out.


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